• The Age Schools Summit

    Disruption, resilience and new possibilities

    13th June 2024 | Pullman Melbourne On The Park

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Overview

The premier event, The Age Schools Summit returns to Melbourne this 13th June.

This exclusive event aims to unite Australia’s educators, influential thinkers, and policymakers for meaningful discussions. Take part in the platform to explore the insights gained, the shared difficulties faced by educators and students currently, and the evidence-backed approaches that can be implemented at both the policy and grassroots levels to improve student results.

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Speakers


Jenny Atta
Secretary, Department of Education Victoria


The Hon Natalie Hutchins MP
Minister for Education and Women, Victoria State Government


Wayne Haworth
Principal, Hampton Park Secondary College


Dr Lisa Vinnicombe
Executive Principal, John Fawkner College


Gail Major
Executive Principal, Scoresby Secondary College


Professor Jim Watterston
Dean, Melbourne Graduate School of Education


Dr Marcia Devlin
Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership


Dr Jenny Donovan
CEO, Australian Education Research Organisation


Dr Lucinda McKnight
ARC DECRA Fellow, Deakin University


Dr Jordana Hunter
Education Program Director, Grattan Institute


Dr Fiona Longmuir
School of Education, Culture & Society, Monash University


Alisha Campbell
Principal,
Barrawang Primary School


Sharon Foster
Executive Director of Curriculum, Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA)


Andrew Dalgleish
President,
Victoria Principals Association


Yvonne Harvey
Principal, Heathdale Christian College (Primary, Werribee)


Helen Quiney
Employee Health, Safety and Wellbeing, The Department of Education Victoria


Meredith Peace
Branch President,
Australian Education Union Victoria


Joanne Camozzato
Principal,
Edgars Creek Secondary College


Scott Widmer
Assistant Deputy Secretary, Senior Secondary Pathways Reform Taskforce, The Department of Education Victoria


Sharon Barry
Executive Director, Inclusive Education, The Department of Education Victoria


Ashley Beeby
Diesel Mechanic and Victorian VET Champion


Dr Kate de Bruin
Senior Lecturer Inclusive Education, Monash University


Rebecca Ballan
Manager – VCE VM and VPC, Box Hill Institute


Victorian Student Representative Council


Reid Smith
Teacher, Curriculum, and Instructional Design


Steven Cook
Principal, Albert Park College


Brendan Kenna
Assistant Principal, Wilmot Road Primary School


Adam Carey
Education Editor, The Age


Peter Langham
Principal, Monterey Secondary College


Andrea Del Monaco
Deputy Secretary, Schools Workforce Group, The Department of Education Victoria


Annabelle Marinelli
Deputy Principal, Learning and Teaching Leader, Trinity Primary School, Richmond


Meg Parker
Principal, Clifton Springs Primary School


Amanda Purcell
Principal, St Mary’s College for the deaf


Margaret Vingerhoets
Team Leader Literacy, Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools


Andrew Schneider
Principal,
Mahogany Rise Primary School


Professor Pamela Snow
Professor of Cognitive Psychology, School of Education, La Trobe University


Jess Trinder
Executive Director, Strategy and Planning Division, Victorian School Building Authority


Meagan Cook
Principal, Cranbourne East Secondary College


David Brear
Deputy Secretary, Independent Education Union Victoria Tasmania


Derek Scott
CEO and Principal, Haileybury


Dr Matthew Bach MP
Shadow Minister for Education, Victoria State Government


Stephen Gniel
Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority


Professor Joanna Barbousas
Dean of Education,
La Trobe University


Wesley Imms
PhD., Associate Professor, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne


Patrick Elligett
Editor, The Age


Mathew Dunckley
Deputy Editor, The Age


Madeleine Heffernan
Education Reporter, The Age


Craig Butt
National Data Editor, The Age


Nicole Precel
Education Reporter, The Age

Agenda | Thursday 23rd March 2023

All times are in Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)

7:45

Registration and Morning Coffee

8:20

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Editor

Patrick Elligett, Editor, The Age

8:30

MINISTERIAL ADDRESS

The Hon Natalie Hutchins MP, Minister for Education and Women, Victoria State Government
Moderator: Mathew Dunckley, Deputy Editor, The Age

8:50

SECRETARIAL ADDRESS

Jenny Atta, Secretary, Department of Education Victoria
Moderator: Adam Carey, Education Editor, The Age

9:10

PANEL | Sector reflection and response

Meredith Peace, Branch President, Australian Education Union Victoria
Derek Scott, CEO and Principal, Haileybury

Dr Matthew Bach MP, Shadow Minister for Education, Victoria State Government
Professor Joanna Barbousas, Dean of Education, La Trobe University
Moderator: Adam Carey, Education Editor, The Age

9:40

PANEL | Addressing staffing supply challenges

Joanne Camozzato, Principal, Edgars Creek Secondary College
Andrew Dalgleish, President, Victoria Principals Association
Andrea Del Monaco, Deputy Secretary, Schools Workforce Group, The Department of Education Victoria
David Brear, Deputy Secretary, Independent Education Union Victoria Tasmania

Moderator: Madeleine Heffernan, Education Reporter, The Age

10:10

Networking and refreshment break

10:40

PANEL | Restoring a school’s reputation

  • Addressing low attendance and student behaviour
  • Enhancing student engagement
  • Improving community perceptions

Wayne Haworth, Principal, Hampton Park Secondary College
Dr Lisa Vinnicombe, Executive Principal, John Fawkner College
Gail Major, Executive Principal, Scoresby Secondary College
Andrew Schneider, Principal, Mahogany Rise Primary School
Moderator: Adam Carey, Education Editor, The Age

11:10

PANEL | Teacher education

  • Attracting new teachers to the profession
  • Ensuring those who enrol stay to complete their qualifications
  • Equipping new teachers with the skills for tomorrow

Professor Pamela Snow, Professor of Cognitive Psychology, School of Education, La Trobe University
Professor Jim Watterston, Dean, Melbourne Graduate School of Education
Dr Marcia Devlin, Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership
Moderator: Madeleine Heffernan, Education Reporter, The Age

11:40

PANEL | Teaching writing – in need of an overhaul?

  • Addressing the decline in writing skills
  • Direct instruction vs student-led learning
  • Prioritising Primary-level skills as the foundation for future academic success

Dr Jenny Donovan, CEO, Australian Education Research Organisation
Dr Lucinda McKnight, ARC DECRA Fellow, Deakin University
Margaret Vingerhoets, Team Leader Literacy, Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools
Moderator: Adam Carey, Education Editor, The Age

12:10

PANEL | Curriculum planning  

  • Implementing new curriculums
  • Lesson planning approaches
  • Improving student outcomes

Dr Jordana Hunter, Education Program Director, Grattan Institute
Sharon Foster, Executive Director of Curriculum, Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting
Authority (ACARA)
Annabelle Marinelli, Deputy Principal, Learning and Teaching Leader, Trinity Primary School, Richmond
Stephen Gniel, Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority
Moderator: Reid Smith, Teacher, Curriculum, and Instructional Design

12:40

Lunch and networking break

13:40

PANEL | Successfully integrating Senior Secondary Schooling Pathways

  • Key challenges to introducing the VCE Vocational Major
  • Improving access to VET courses
  • Supporting School-Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Scott Widmer, Assistant Deputy Secretary, Senior Secondary Pathways Reform Taskforce, The Department of Education Victoria
Ashley Beeby, Diesel Mechanic and Victorian VET Champion
Meagan Cook, Principal, Cranbourne East Secondary College

Rebecca Ballan, Manager – VCE VM and VPC, Box Hill Institute
Moderator: Craig Butt, National Data Editor, The Age

14:10

PANEL | The future of the classroom

  • New schools
  • Future-proof classroom design
  • Enhancing student learning

Jess Trinder, Asset Management and Strategy, Victorian School Building Authority
Alisha Campbell, Principal, Barrawang Primary School
Wesley Imms, PhD., Associate Professor, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne
Steven Cook, Principal, Albert Park College
Moderator: Madeleine Heffernan, Education Reporter, The Age

14:40

Teacher safety

According to the findings of the 2022 Monash University Teachers’ Perceptions of their Work Survey, 24.5% of teacher reported they did not feel safe at work. Of the reasons cited, student behaviour, parent abuse and poor relationships with colleagues were the primary reasons. As the teacher shortage continues, gain insights to the path forward.

Dr Fiona Longmuir, School of Education, Culture & Society, Monash University
Moderator: Adam Carey, Education Editor, The Age

15:00

Networking and refreshment break

15:30

PANEL | Managing workplace safety

Addressing negative workplace experiences whether it be poor student behaviour or parent, and colleague interactions.

Helen Quiney, Employee Health, Safety and Wellbeing, The Department of Education Victoria
Yvonne Harvey, Principal, Heathdale Christian College (Primary, Werribee) 
Peter Langham, Principal, Monterey Secondary College
Moderator: Adam Carey, Education Editor, The Age

16:00

Student voice

Hear from representatives of the Victorian Student Representative Council on how teachers can support students work toward the priority advocacy areas of 2023.

Moderator: Madeleine Heffernan, Education Reporter, The Age

16:30

PANEL | Inclusive Education Policies

  • The practical lens – what does inclusion mean for schools?
  • Structuring schools to be more inclusive – the challenges and how to overcome them
  • School-wide positive behaviour support.
  • Ensuring all staff members have the capacity to help all students

Sharon Barry, Executive Director, Inclusive Education, The Department of Education Victoria
Brendan Kenna, Assistant Principal, Wilmot Road Primary School
Meg Parker, Principal, Clifton Springs Primary School
Dr Kate de Bruin, Senior Lecturer Inclusive Education, Monash University
Amanda Purcell, Principal, St Mary’s College for the deaf
Moderator: Nicole Precel, Education Reporter, The Age

17:00

Closing remarks

Adam Carey, Education Editor, The Age

17:10

End of Conference and Networking Drinks

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Testimonial

It was a privilege and honor to present at the AGE School Summit. I was particularly impressed with the range of speakers and their ability to learn best practices occurring in schools. It was also interesting to hear from various speakers about how they are grappling with related topics and how each speaker is addressing the concerns of their individual situations – creating the opportunity to gain better insight from other’s perspectives.

An aspiration of mine is to improve the authentic connection between policymakers, University, current teachers and researchers to improve educational outcomes and reduce stress in schools – The AGE School summit is attempting to make this a reality.

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Pullman Melbourne On The Park
192 Wellington Parade,
East Melbourne VIC 3002
+61 (03) 9419 2000

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