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Leaders and the Law

Being a school leader is one of the most vulnerable professions there is.  Almost every policy and procedure that we have to adhere to has some legality attached to it.  The preschool director or the principal is the senior finance

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No Surprises in NAPLAN

A lot of damage has been done in the name of NAPLAN. Some of our members have been subjected to cruel and unwarranted procedures. It has contributed to a culture of fear and intimidation for leaders and it has to

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Enterprise Bargaining Negotiations 2018

SASSLA is strong and effective in its collaborative representation and industrial advocacy for leaders.  Now more than ever we need an organisation which is uncompromisingly dedicated to the support of its members with the underlying principles of fairness and reason.

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Travel and Finance Procedures

SASSLA has received many queries in respect to claiming travel in light of recent compulsory events that require attendance in the city such as the Leaders’ Day and partnerships meetings. DECD recently re-issued updated travel guidelines for interstate and overseas

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How to deal with vexatious parents/carers

So you thought as a school leader that your only concern would be dealing with children’s issues and staff issues? Wishful thinking. Whilst the majority of complaints or concerns from parents/carers are handled in an informal manner and resolved quickly,

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Managing Conflicts of Interest

Site leaders must be, and be seen to be, above reproach.  Schools must examine their own practices with regard to all staff ensuring they have conflict of interest policies in relation to staff appointments, staff controlling funds and making recommendations

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Investigations – Leaders and the Law

SASSLA recently featured in The Sunday Mail and Advertiser over our concerns about the investigation process for school leaders. Being a school leader is one of the most vulnerable professions there is. Almost every policy and procedure that we have

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ICAC – What School Leaders Need to Know

At SASSLA’s conference, held on the 20 March 2015, Morry Bailes from Tindall Gask Bentley, led a discussion on the recent establishment of the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption in South Australia (ICAC) and its impact on State Government employees. ICAC

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Without the support of SASSLA I would not have stayed connected to and be continuing in my chosen and much loved career.  It is so important that Principals have the full support and confidence of the DECD.  My very public legal case highlighted the fragility of the system when support and confidence dissipates in the face of political interference, media attacks and intolerance.  SASSLA gave me support and encouragement during a very difficult time and when it seemed that no-one else would listen