Reference Groups

SAPPA 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 Groups typically review and discuss issues and make recommendations to the SAPPA Board for consideration and approval.

Reference Group nominations are requested in late February and biannually, once the priorities have been reviewed and identified by the SAPPA Board. SAPPA President, Angela Falkenberg attends each Reference Group meeting (where possible).

Please see the PDF attachment for the membership of each Reference Group for 2018-19 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.
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. Simon Harding
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. John Iannunzio
Tracey Davies
• 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. Susan Copeland
Bob Thiele
• 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. David Chadwick
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
• 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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