The Sydney Morning Herald launches Schools Summit

The Sydney Morning Herald is running a new event, The Sydney Morning Herald Schools Summit, on February 25.


The announcement:

The Sydney Morning Herald will drive further discussion of the NSW education sector through a new event, The Sydney Morning Herald Schools Summit, on February 25.

The event, a first for the Herald, will bring together federal and state politicians, education providers, school principals and other key stakeholders to discuss a range of issues: from education policy and funding and the future of selective schools to standardised testing and the future of NAPLAN, the HSC and ATAR. 

Chaired by Herald editor Lisa Davies, the Schools Summit follows on from the relaunch of the paper’s education page, which runs in the Monday edition, last year.

“Education has always been one of the most important topic areas for the Herald and its readers, from early childhood to tertiary studies,” Davies said.

“Our inaugural Schools Summit will supercharge this conversation, with the sector’s key stakeholders exploring and debating the often contentious issues between policymakers, educators and institutions.

“For those in the room, it will be a day of thought-provoking discussion, learning and networking, while the Herald’s highly engaged readership will gain a deeper understanding of this key driver of Australia’s future prosperity through the event coverage.” 

The day will commence with the NSW Minister for Education, Robert Stokes, and the Shadow Minister for Education, Jihad Dib, who will pitch to the audience their views on the future of education in NSW.

Mr Stokes’ presentation will address the government’s policies to ensure today’s schools are equipped to produce the citizens of tomorrow, while Mr Dib will respond with the Labor Party’s perspective on the future of education. 

The Federal Education Minister, Dan Tehan, will present a lunchtime keynote address on the importance of improving educational outcomes for students from regional, rural, remote, low socio-economic and indigenous backgrounds.

The Shadow Minister for Education and Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Tanya Plibersek, will join Lisa Davies for a “fireside chat” following Mr Tehan’s presentation.

Mark Scott, Secretary for the NSW Department of Education and a former chairman of the ABC, will make another keynote presentation, focusing on the challenge of education reform.

Mr Scott will also join a panel discussion later in the day on “Creating the curriculum to tackle society’s needs for the next 50 years”, which will debate the difficulties in changing curriculum, standardised testing, and the future of NAPLAN, the HSC and ATAR. 

Professor Adrian Piccoli, Director of the Gonski Institute for Education at UNSW and the NSW Minister for Education from 2011 to 2017, will tackle rural and remote education, examining what is happening now in those schools, where the gaps are, why closing the performance gaps between rural and remote schools and city schools matters, and asking this question: should we operate schools in rural and remote Australia differently to metro schools?

The Herald’s education editor, Jordan Baker, who has extensive knowledge of the sector, will host a number of the panel discussions at the summit. 

“This will be a big year for education. Major decisions will be made that shape schools for decades and determine what the next generation of New South Wales children learn. The people who will be making those decisions will be at the SMH School Summit,” Baker said.

The Herald has partnered with events firm Informa for the Summit.

The Sydney Morning Herald Schools Summit is being held on February 25, 2019 at the International Convention Centre in Sydney. Tickets are available for $495 + GST.

 Attendance at The Sydney Morning Herald Schools Summit will also contribute eight hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered Professional Development, addressing 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. When booking and providing delegate details, enter a NESA account number in the comments box.

Source: Nine


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