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I wish to express my concern regarding the proposal by the NSW Department of Education and Communities to downgrade the role of principal to that of leading teacher in all small schools with up to approximately 160 students. This affects the majority of schools in our area and nearly 600 principals statewide (Echonetdaily, November 19).

The reforms serve to remove from the school environment the complex role of the teaching principal and no evidence has been presented by the DEC regarding educational benefits associated with this arrogant proposal.

The teaching principal is a role that provides leadership, authority, professional support and management of staff, guidance, community and parent consultation, daily site management, and future planning, while simultaneously providing the best possible educational outcomes for the students in their care.

Research routinely concludes that small schools consistently provide better educational outcomes than large schools. This is a model that is to be celebrated and supported. Our kids’ futures depend on it.

As a parent who takes great pride in the small-school model, I urge all parents and community members to write letters of opposition to the minister for education Adrian Piccoli, the premier Barry O’Farrell, and their local MPs.

Sharon McGrath, Mullumbimby



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