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Covid Matters

We have been working with members to identify issues and concerns relating to their sites on matters such as mandatory vaccinations and the operational issues involved with the return to school for term 1, 2022. A comprehensive submission was forwarded to the Department for consideration and action with respect to operational issues involving mandatory vaccinations …

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Preschool Director Workload Evaluation

SASSLA and the Preschool Directors Association (PDA) have recently completed our second joint evaluation of Preschool Director Workload. These evaluations provide an objective analysis of the workload conditions of Preschool Directors. The PDA and SASSLA recognise the valuable work done by the Department in implementing contact hours for preschool teachers flowing from the 2020 Enterprise …

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Putting Preschool Directors in the Picture

SASSLA, in partnership with the Preschool Directors Association (PDA), have recently undertaken a research project on the workload of Preschool Directors (PSDs). The research project made a number of key findings: That significant change has been made to PSD roles and the point has now been reached where the range and scope of PSD duties …

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Reappointment and Remuneration Incentives for Leaders

Reappointment and Remuneration Incentives for LeadersThe Education and Children’s Services Act 2019 (the Act) and the Education and Children’s Services Regulations 2020, provide new statutory provisions that enable the expansion of managerial decision making on employment areas of direct interest to school and preschool leaders. SASSLA has made representations to the Department on how reappointment provisions and remuneration incentives …

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Education Leader Workload Discussion Paper Released Today!

SASSLA has today publically released a Discussion Paper on understanding and confronting the problems associated with the increasing workload for school and preschool leaders. The issue of very high work demands on leadership roles has become a growing problem that seems immune to easy solutions. Excessive workload presents a challenge for the public education system …

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Leaders and the Law

Leaders are required to have a good working knowledge of the law and must ensure their school or preschool is operating within the law. A major factor in the increasing demand and complexity of leadership roles is the need to understand the new and changing laws that apply to leadership roles. Leaders will be familiar …

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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, sensibly and without ongoing issues, that is not always the case. School leaders are increasingly …

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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 about contracts, staffing and purchases.  Conflicts of interest mostly occur quite innocently, usually with the …

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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 to adhere to has some legality attached to it. The preschool director or the principal …

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