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To contact AGPPA:

Phone 03 8379 4000

Email: gleigh@vpa.org.au

 

 

 

 

 

Promoting and Advocating for Government Primary Schools

President's Welcome

The Australian Government Primary Principal Association (AGPPA) is the national body for Primary Principals at Government Schools.

Our core focus is to provide a unified and authoritative voice to promote and advocate for Public Primary Principals and Schools.

AGPPA represents over 5,300 Primary School leaders from Government Schools across all States and Territories.

In 2015/16 the AGPPA strategic plan will focus on four key areas:

  1. Primary Resourcing: Gonski Funding Years 5 & 6
  2. Leadership Induction and Capability
  3. Principal Well-Being
  4. Primary/Secondary Funding Imbalance

For more information, see About AGPPA.

Gabrielle Leigh, VPA President

Gabrielle Leigh AGPPA President










AGPPA President

Gabrielle Leigh

To Contact AGPPA

AGPPA President: Gabrielle Leigh

Email: gleigh@vpa.org.au

Phone: 03 8379 4000


Media Release: Australian Government Primary Principals Fight For Public Education (5 May 2016)

The Australian Government Primary Principals Association (AGPPA) is launching the research paper titled Building Our Nation Through Public Education in Melbourne on Friday 6 May, 2016. AGPPA is launching the important paper in every Australian capital city within the next few months.

The research paper, written by Emeritus Professor Alan Reid from the University of South Australia, describes:
•    Australia’s inequitable schooling system and explains how this has happened
•    The consequences of having inadequate resources for children in need, the majority of whom are in public schools
•    The need for Australia to support, nurture and strengthen our public schools and to celebrate the contribution they make for the common good.

5,300 primary schools leaders across all states and territories, strongly support the research paper and believe a thriving public education system is essential to promote economic prosperity and strengthen the fabric of Australian society.

AGPPA President Gabrielle Leigh, said this view is reflected amongst the wider Australian community who understand that a needs-based funding approach is a smart way to strengthen our nation.

Click here to download this media release.

 

Media Release: Coalition Education Funding Plans Miss the Mark for Government Primary Schools (May 3, 2016)

The Australian Government Primary Principals Association (AGPPA), the national body for primary principals at government schools, is calling for the government to fulfil its obligation to provide and maintain well-resourced quality public schools, available to all, in every community.

The Quality Schools, Quality Outcomes paper released by the Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham claims to be supporting a strong and sustainable schooling system.

However the report demonstrates a clear reduction in funding and no support of the highly credible Gonski Review. AGPPA believes the recommendations provided by the Gonski funding model provide a fair and visionary approach to supporting students, regardless of their circumstances, to achieve to their potential. AGPPA is committed to a fully resourced, needs based funding model which meets the criteria set by the Gonski Review. Ms Leigh AGPPA President said, “Gonski provides a once in a generation opportunity to make a difference for all learners, particularly primary students, that cannot afford to be missed.”

Click here to download the complete media release.

Read more: Media Release: Coalition Education Funding Plans Miss the Mark for Government Primary Schools (May 3, 2016)

 

Media Release: Australian Government Primary Principals Campaign For Public Education (March 2016)

The Australian Government Primary Principals Association (AGPPA) aims to promote the research paper titled Building Our Nation Through Public Education in every Australian capital city within the next few months.

Click here to download the media release.

The research paper, written by Emeritus Professor Alan Reid from the University of South Australia, describes:

  • Australia’s inequitable schooling system and explains how this has happened;
  • the consequences of having inadequate resources for children in need, the majority of whom are in public schools; and
  • the need for Australia to support, nurture and strengthen our public schools and to celebrate the contribution they make for the common good.

5,300 primary schools leaders across all states and territories, strongly support the research paper and believe a thriving public education system is essential to promote economic prosperity and strengthen the fabric of Australian society.

AGPPA President Gabrielle Leigh, said this view is reflected amongst the wider Australian community who understand that a needs-based funding approach is a smart way to strengthen our nation.

At the AGPPA National Council meeting held in February in Canberra, it was decided to conduct a national roadshow to promote this important research across Australia. The first event of the national roadshow commences in Western Australia early next month.

 

AGPPA National Council

AGPPA National Council Meeting, held in Canberra 29 February - 1 March, 2016

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Media Release: Australian Government Primary Principals Support Labor’s Education Funding Commitment (January 2016)

The Australian Government Primary Principals Association (AGPPA) strongly supports the Labor Government’s announcement to deliver an education plan that will see a commitment to implement and fully fund the Gonksi reforms.

Click here to download the media release in a PDF file.

The $37.3 billion package would ensure the last two years of crucial Gonski funds are distributed, including an additional investment of $4.5 billion over 2018 and 2019.

AGPPA President Gabrielle Leigh said this announcement couldn’t have come at a better time, with Government primary school principals and educational leaders currently feeling the financial strain in their schools.

“Our Government primary schools desperately need this money now and Labor’s proposed plan is a step in the right direction to rectify the funding inequities in Australia’s education system. It gives us long term planning which will benefit all students."

“We strongly support any plan that recommends the funding of primary schools according to student need.”

 

 

I Give a Gonski Success Stories

Check out what happens when government primary schools receive their promised Gonski funds. The proof is in the pudding.

a. Minimbah State School (Qld)

b. Bennett Road Public School (NSW)

 

Discussion Paper: GONSKI Review of Funding for Schooling: National Education Resourcing Agreement - Unfinished Business - Nov 2015

The Gonski Review of Funding for Schooling (December 2011) was the most comprehensive investigation of the way our schools are funded in almost 40 years. The review recommended that schools be funded according to identified needs of their student populations. It also identified what level of funding was required to educate each one of them, no matter what their individual circumstances, to a high standard. It was based on the premise that each school would receive a base level of Commonwealth and state funding, plus additional money or loadings to take into account the school’s size and location and the individual needs of students.

The review identified that government schools have the majority of students with high levels of educational need. However, it also recognised that within all sectors there are schools serving very disadvantaged students that will benefit from additional funding. The intent of the Gonski Review was that schools and sectors with the highest level of need should receive the most support.

Click here to download the complete discussion paper.

Read more: Discussion Paper: GONSKI Review of Funding for Schooling: National Education Resourcing Agreement - Unfinished Business - Nov 2015

 

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Strategic Plan

Promoting and Advocating for Public Primary Schools

AGPPA's Strategic Plan is now available. Click here to download the PDF file.

This strategic plan will guide AGPPA's directions and activities into the future.