Reference Groups

Reference Group MembershipSAPPA Reference Groups are directly aligned to SAPPA’s priorities, as described in the Strategic Plan. Reference Group membership ideally includes a broad representation from Index of Disadvantage Categories from 1-7, schools of varying size, gender balance, diverse experience, country/metro locations and Local Partnership breadth.

Reference Group nominations are requested in late February and biannually, once the priorities have been reviewed and identified by the Executive Group.

Please see the PDF attachment for the membership of each Reference Group for 2016-17 in the drop down menus below.


Goal Convenors (Executive Members) Key Issues to include:
Support members to be leaders in teaching and learning.
Co-construction with DECD of support provision to meet leaders' needs.
Pam Kent
Adam Wilson
Brenton Robins
Gaynor Steele
• Implementation of AC & resource support from DECD
• Curriculum support for leaders
• Assessment & moderation
• Current research
• Quality teaching


Goal Convenors (Executive Members) Key Issues to include:
Achieve effective and efficient staffing and equitable funding for primary education. Pam Kent
David Chadwick
Tanya Oshinsky
Rick Bennallack
• Staffing
• Understanding & implementing EB
• Teacher Performance
• Managing unsatisfactory performance
• Leadership density
• Leadership classification
• Improvements to VSP
• Funding Parity
• Transparency of funding


Goal Convenors (Executive Members) Key Issues to include:
Raise awareness of the strengths of public education. Pam Kent
Julie Hayes
John Iannunzio
Heather Curtis
• Research paper: Building Our Nation Through Public Education
• Links with the Minister's Public Education Advisory Group
• Needs based funding
• Media coverage of positive stories
• Involvement of governing councils & students
• Sharing of positive practice and pedagogy amongst SAPPA membership
• Linking with SASPA and PDA to promote public education


Goal Convenors (Executive Members) Key Issues to include:
Provide professional learning opportunities through the annual conference and relevant workshops. Pam Kent
Susan Copeland
Deb Hemming
Tim McLeod
• Needs analysis & identification of emerging trends
• Links with SASPA and DECD
• Mentoring for new principals
• Coaching for all leaders
• Advocacy of relevant learning opportunities through SAIEL


Goal Convenors (Executive Members) Key Issues to include:
Leadership workload is acknowledged and systemic strategies are in place to address wellbeing. Pam Kent
Rebecca Huddy
Lissa Hutter
Angela Falkenberg
• Focus on proactive approach as well as reactive
• Advocate for and provide quality, succinct and timely information for members
• Continually gather feedback from members about issues affecting their wellbeing
• Collaborate with DECD to address supportive strategies for leaders

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