NTPA have been busy advocating for educational leaders in the NT. We continue to maintain a strong voice through strong working relationships with key stakeholders.
Various members of our NTPA executive have been involved in meetings with:
- AITSL (Leadership roundtable, cultural competency)
- Teacher mutual bank
- Growth coaching
- Strategic policy
- APPA president
- APPA conference organising committee
- The CE
- The Education minister
In July Sabina Smith and I participated in the AITSL Leadership round table. Sabina formed part of the discussion panel that addressed leadership development and principal preparation (including career pathways) and regional rural and remote contexts. The panel tackled 2 big questions:
- What is one thing that needs to be done to better prepare and develop school leaders of the future?
- What needs to change about how we prepare and support school leaders for leadership in regional, rural and remote contexts?
Congratulations to Sabina for being selected as part of this panel. This was a fantastic opportunity to highlight the complexity and unique context of our NT Schools and great recognition at a national level.
The purpose of the Roundtable was to establish support at a national level for future actions to strengthen school leadership development and principal preparation across Australia, and establish approaches to implementation.
The focus was around developing actions around the 3 key opportunities.
Opportunity 1: Prioritise high-impact school leadership practices.
Opportunity 2: Support the development of structured career pathways for school leaders.
Opportunity 3: Increase equity of access to high-quality leadership development and principal preparation experiences, particularly for leaders practicing in rural and remote schools.
Proposed wage freeze dispute continues
A stand-off over government attempts to impose a pay freeze on executive contract principals continues. In June heads of NTPS agencies wrote to all executive contract officers (ECOs), including principals, asking them to agree to a variation in their current contract that would freeze their salary at its current level for three years.
Thursday 1 August was the deadline for ECOs to agree to the freeze (extended another two weeks). On this day NTPA with the AEU NT and COGSO released a joint media statement. In this statement NTPA, COGSO and AEU have called on the Government to exempt principals from the pay freeze being imposed on public service executives, on the grounds that principals are frontline teaching staff who the Government said would be exempt from budget repair measures.
NTPA are concerned of the impact if this pay freeze goes ahead for principal recruitment, retention and morale, and the knock on effect this will have on schools and students.
To date there has been no change in the position of the government.
NTPA continue to lobby strongly on behalf of its members. We have attracted a lot of media attention where we continue to call on the government in good faith to work with us to ensure the role of principal is held in high esteem and a sought after position.
NTPA message in all communication in regards to the impact of the pay freeze for principals is concern about:
- The devaluing of the role of principal
- The closing pay gap between Assistant Principals and Principals
- The impact this will have on Principal attraction, retention and recruitment.
NTPA executive are working proactively to engage the government to develop solutions to the current impasse.
With the majority of executive contract principals choosing not to sign we stand united with a strong collective voice.
In response to feedback gathered from schools, changes will be made to the Student Achievement Information System (SAIS) and requirements for reporting to parents this semester.
- SAIS upgrades
Upgrades will be undertaken in SAIS to improve performance and usability in preparation for Term 4, A—E reporting to Parents. More information will be provided over the coming weeks. For now, schools are asked not to enter A-E grades, effort or comments in SAIS until 23 September.
- Policy requirements - using a different tool to print reports for parents
From Semester 2 2019, schools can choose to generate and print reports from the current NT DoE reporting SharePoint or school purchased and supported system that has had security and privacy clearance from the Department, such as GradeXpert. Schools using different tools must still enter grades, effort and comment into SAIS to ensure this information is captured systemically.
Further information is available on Learning Links. For support please contact the National and Systemic Assessment team by phone 8944 9245 or email email@example.com.
The Education Ministers have agreed that learning progressions and online formative assessment should be a national priority initiative for education. Overseen by a Project Management Board, the initiative is currently in its discovery phase, with findings from this phase being taken to Education Council in December 2019 to inform next steps of the initiative.
During the discovery phase, a Project Management Office, which includes the three national agencies ACARA, AITSL and ESA, is investigating learning progressions and aligned assessments, developing user profiles and needs analysis and undertaking research into professional learning.
For further information on the initiative please refer to the initiative’s website www.lpofai.edu.au.
A reminder we will be hosting media training for school leaders to communicate with impact, NTPA supported by the Department of Education will be hosting 2 free workshops presented by BM Media’s Wendy McGuiness.
Wendy has trained a range of NT Government, corporate and not for profit clients over the past 11 years and has a strong understanding of issues in the NT. Wendy specialises in crisis and strategic communication as well as proactive engagement.
The 2 workshops are capped at 30 participants each so please RSVP promptly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please also advise if you have any dietary requirements as morning / afternoon tea will be provided.
The workshops are being held on:
Michael Long Centre Tuesday 10 September 12.30-4.30pm
Michael Long Centre Wednesday 11 September 8.30 – 12.30pm.
Celebrations of success
I have recently had the pleasure of visiting Leanyer, Humpty Doo and Girraween Primary Schools.
It was evident that careful consideration had been given to the use and placement of furniture, objects and images in all learning spaces. In all 3 settings the value of beauty of the environment had been factored into indoor and outdoor space. Every child brings with them deep curiosity and potential and this innate curiosity drives their interest to understand their world and their place within it. These photos from the 3 schools reflect how these schools are encouraging children to be curious. Curiosity is contagious.
A reminder that outdoor classroom day is coming up in November. This is an opportunity to go outside and use spaces and places beyond the classroom. The natural environment provides so much to be curious about.
Take time to stop and be aware of your surroundings and the moment you are in, paying attention to your thoughts and feelings. Doing this can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach life’s challenges. Reminding yourself to ‘take notice’ can strengthen and broaden awareness.
Studies have shown that being aware of what is taking place in the present directly enhances your well-being and savouring ‘the moment’ can help to reaffirm your life priorities. Heightened awareness also enhances your self-understanding and allows you to make positive choices based on your own values and motivations. Allow yourself the time to enjoy the moment and the environment around you.
A healthy mind is just as important as a healthy body for your overall wellbeing. Like physical fitness, you can strengthen your psychological health in lots of small day-to-day ways. This will help you live a happier and a longer life as well as help you to cope with stress.
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What have you committed to this September to prioritise your wellbeing?
This is a practical list of some things you might like to try at your school this September to promote staff wellbeing.
Outdoor Classroom Day is a global campaign to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play! On Thursday November 7th, join Nature Play NT and thousands of schools around Australia by taking lessons outside and prioritising playtime.
Last year saw 300,000 children at more than 2,500 schools and early learning centres taking part in Outdoor Classroom Day, and this year we want even more to join in!
What is Outdoor Classroom Day?
Outdoor Classroom Day is a day to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play. On Thursday 7 November 2019, thousands of schools around Australia will take lessons outside and prioritise playtime.
Why? Outdoor learning improves children’s health, engages them with learning and leads to a greater connection with nature. Play not only teaches critical life skills such as resilience, teamwork and creativity, but is central to children’s enjoyment of childhood. With increasing pressures on childhood, children today are too often overprotected, overscheduled, and overly attached to screens, which is why it’s more crucial than ever before to help get children outdoors.
It’s easy to get involved and there is something everyone can do!
If you’re a teacher, educator or school administrator and new to outdoor learning, why not use Outdoor Classroom Day to try it out? Or, if you’re already involved in outdoor learning, use the day to celebrate what you do and inspire other teachers around the world to join in.
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One of the strategic priorities for NTPA is to promote leaders wellbeing.
As a part of this we are creating a set of Mindframe wellbeing cards which we hope will inspire leaders.
We held an competition for students to create a piece of art to reflect each of the 5 areas of wellbeing we have identified.
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” Mother Teresa
Alert and active
“Life may not always be the party we hoped for, but while we’re here we should dance”
Present and Positive
Dare to Dream
“Sometimes you just have to take the leap, and build your wings on the way down”
Grateful and generous
“Prepare your mind to receive the best that life has to offer”. Ernest Holmes
Thank you for all the fabulous entries that we received. We are having a challenging time deciding the winner due to the quality of all the entires.
We will announce all winners very soon!
Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA)’s upcoming Professional Learning Intensive, Teaching With Agility
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