Educational Leadership Matters

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    Principal class
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    5.30 pm - 7.00 pm
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    DET fully subsidised


Join us for a panel discussion with distinguished international and local voices exploring the importance of leadership in education.

Extend your understanding of what leadership looks like and how it can drive school improvement and foster potential.

For 10 years the Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership has been providing professional learning to Victorian education leaders both established and emerging. Bastow's focus is on leadership, but it's much bigger than that. We offer learning designed to meet the needs of leaders across the system, which responds to the needs of school communities and is informed by evidence.

Live-streamed from Bastow, you will hear from international speakers, and education leaders from all levels - including the important student voice - on why educational leadership matters, and why it matters to them. 

This will be an opportunity to celebrate more than Bastow’s contribution over the past 10 years - it's a celebration of educational leadership itself.


Beatriz Pont is the Senior Analyst on Education Policy in the Education Directorate of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). At the OECD since 1999, her main focus has been education policy analysis and advice. She has managed and contributed to a range of education policy comparative reviews in the area of school improvement, school leadership, equity, adult learning and adult skills, among others.

Bruce Armstrong is an educational consultant and Special Advisor Teaching and Learning for the Department of Education and Training.  Bruce has over 30 years of service in public education and was the inaugural Director of the Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership.  Prior to this, he was the Principal of Balwyn High School.

Steve Munby has spent his whole career in education, first as a teacher and then as an adviser and inspector before moving into leadership. Between 2005 and 2017 he was chief executive first of the National College for School Leadership in England and then of Education Development Trust, an international education charity. He is now a self-employed consultant and speaker on leadership and on system reform. Steve is also a visiting professor at University College London Institute of Education and is the facilitator for the ARC summits, which bring together education systems from across the world. He was awarded a CBE in the New Year honours list in 2010.

Dennis Mitchell is Principal of Ranfurly Primary School and Adjunct Professor of La Trobe University in Mildura, who was appointed in recognition for leadership in the local Indigenous and broader communities. Dennis is a Narranga-Kuarna man, who wants people to understand that in the classroom, “equal access doesn’t necessarily mean the same”. At Ranfurly they work with the community in partnership, to successfully educate students.

Cathy Buchanan-Hagen has been a teacher for over 25 years. She has been a Numeracy and Literacy Instructional Leader and is currently the Instructional Coach at Ocean Grove Primary School – a position she has held for five years. Cathy established a regional coaching network to support other coaches in their practice. She is passionate about building teacher capacity to enable all students to reach their full potential. She completed the Bastow Leading Literacy for Networks Master Trainer course in 2018 and she, and her co-facilitator have trained 45 teachers across the Barwon South Eastern region to become Literacy Leaders. She sees her Bastow Leading Literacy Master Trainer role as a great opportunity to facilitate leadership development in other educators who are passionate about improving student outcomes.

Wai Yan Moe ('Moe') is currently in Year 11 at Cheltenham Secondary College and is passionately desperate for every student to perform to their fullest potential. His journey towards leadership began when he joined his school’s SRC and since then, he’s become a House Captain and is on the College’s executive council deciding on important issues. Now that he is on the VicSRC executive team, he is tremendously excited to work with others to bring genuine, positive change to Victorian students. Outside of school, Moe is also studying to be a commercial pilot and spends most of his free time either studying or generally honing his skills as a pilot.


Anthony Mackay AM is CEO / President of the Washington DC-based National Center on Education and the Economy. Anthony is Chair of ACER, Deputy Chancellor Swinburne University, Melbourne and Deputy Chair of New Zealand’s Education Council. He is Board Chair of The Song Room, Board Director of High Resolves and Senior Fellow, Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne. Anthony is an expert consultant to OECD, Senior Fellow IBE UNESCO, Council Member of the Center for Global Education, Asia Society, Co-Chair GELP and Board Director of the Innovation Unit UK. He is moderator of two annual global summits, ISTP and GEIS and moderator of key debates at WISE.

Megan French 
Events and Digital Communications Officer
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