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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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Principals Fear Being Set Up for Investigations

Principals fear being ‘set up for investigation’ – 23 May 2016. Our Chief Executive, John Gregory, talks with The Educator. http://www.educatoronline.com.au/news/principals-fear-being-set-up-for-investigation-216429.aspx

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Principals/Teachers Ruined by Long Inquiries

Principals/teachers “ruined” by long inquiries Tim Williams, Education Reporter, The Sunday Mail 10 April 2016 Principals and teachers are having their careers ruined by police-style investigations into allegations of “relatively minor” wrongdoings that, in some cases, drag on for more

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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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Where is the Next Generation of School Leaders?

There are fewer people seeking to become school leaders in the South Australian public education system. This is a worrying trend, particularly when many of the current school leaders are nearing the end of their careers. Who will be taking

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