Reference Groups

SAPPA Reference Groups are aligned to SAPPA’s priorities as described in the Strategic Plan, and work to progress these strategic directions. Reference Group members are active participants in the review and discussion of issues and make recommendations to the SAPPA Board for consideration and approval.
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 (2020) and then biennially, once the priorities have been reviewed and identified by the SAPPA Board.
SAPPA President, Angela Falkenberg attends each Reference Group meeting (where possible).

SAPPA Strategic Plan 2020

Please see the PDF attachment for the membership of each Reference Group for 2020-21 in the drop down menus below.


Goal Convenors (Board 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.
Adam Wilson
Brenton Robins
Marg Clark
• 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. Maxine McSherry
Josh Anderson
John Ianunnzio
• 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:
Provide professional learning opportunities through the annual conference and relevant workshops. Susan Copeland
Deb O'Neill
• 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. Gaynor Steele
Irene Scriven
Lissa Hutter
• 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


Goal Convenors (Executive Members) Key Issues to include:
Support members capacity in meeting the needs of Students. Advocate for improvement in supporting students in need. Julie Murphy
Heather Curtis
Lynette Corletto
Cynthia O'Neil
• Advocate for support for leaders to implement one plan
• Work with DfE in resourcing the associated workload of catering for needs of students
• Influence the processes and practices around accessing services of support
• Work with DfE in developing sustainable effective pathways for students by: increasing current special options and developing new options for alternative schooling

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