Learn­ing from the best


Eastern Reporter - - Front Page - Ju­lian Wright

FOUR lo­cal school lead­ers leapt at the chance to go on a whirl­wind trip to Eng­land to meet some of the world’s best ed­u­ca­tional lead­ers and pol­icy mak­ers.

West Beechboro Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal Ray Boyd and as­so­ciate prin­ci­pal Gail Hig­gins (not pic­tured), and Dianella Heights Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal Greg Sul­li­van and deputy prin­ci­pal Anika Black­more packed their pens, pen­cils and a note­book for a 10day tour this month, vis­it­ing schools and col­leges and rub­bing shoul­ders with Rhodes Schol­ars and Lon­don In­sti­tute of Ed­u­ca­tion rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

The tour taught them how they could im­prove qual­ity teach­ing at their schools.

The four lead­ers agreed the trip was valu­able.

“A lot of our ques­tions were an­swered and it got us think­ing deeply about what we are do­ing in our own schools. It re­ally broad­ened our think­ing,” Mr Sul­li­van said.

They dis­cussed Eng­land’s ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem and heard case stud­ies from se­nior lead­ers from the Lon­don In­sti­tute of Ed­u­ca­tion, Not­ting­ham Uni­ver­sity, Rhodes House Ox­ford and Durham Uni­ver­sity.

The trip was part of the Uni­ver­sity of West­ern Australia Mas­ter of School Lead­er­ship Pro­gram, which they are en­rolled in.

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