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Workload and loss of autonomy.

By |2020-03-06T09:50:01+10:006th March 2020|

Workload and loss of autonomy continue to be the issues that most distress our members.  All schools are a different type and size and located in different demographic areas, and with staff with varying skills and talents, yet we still largely have a one size fits all approach, which is problematic. While the DET has worked hard to reduce the [...]

Testimonial from an APF Member

By |2020-02-13T11:20:37+10:0013th February 2020|

To the APF principal community, I have been an APF member for more than 25 years. I have had the good fortune to lead both a Primary school and a P to 9 College. At times the principal role can be rather isolated and this is where the strength of membership comes into play. Fortunately I have formed strong partnerships [...]

Workload and Wellbeing—A Challenge

By |2020-02-10T09:16:37+10:0010th February 2020|

More and more of you are taking on board the need to challenge current culture and take active steps towards the protection of your own health & wellbeing. It was apparent in the summer break the number of you that had disengaged from the email onslaught and posted a message to indicate you were on leave and a response would [...]

An opportunity to reset school and teacher work practices.

By |2020-02-10T09:15:45+10:0010th February 2020|

John Handley, APF Advisor   With all the external and internal expectations in our schools, establishing a mindset of teachers on productive and intrinsically rewarding practices must surely be a powerful impetus to their school year. In my experience, too much thinking on the what, and not enough on the how of teacher practice and classroom learning, is a recipe [...]

A primary school principals feedback

By |2020-02-10T09:07:08+10:0010th February 2020|

As a proud member of the APF I highly recommended and strongly encourage all Principal class officers to join this organisation. The support, advice and friendship over the years has been invaluable to me and many of my peers both personally and professionally. Over the years I have utilised  the support of the APF with complex staffing issues, industrial issues, [...]

Reflection and Celebration – Let there be Light! John Handley, APF Advisor

By |2019-12-12T12:55:56+10:0012th December 2019|

Amidst the tumult of school life in this final passage of time in the 2019 school year so often our physical, mental and emotional capabilities are stretched to the limit. It seems everybody wants something from us – the union sub-branch wants to talk about workload or consultation, the SEIL wants to meet regarding our 2020 AIP or PDP, parents [...]

101 Things you need to know about being a principal, Mark McKelson

By |2019-11-22T09:05:49+10:0022nd November 2019|

Blog 14—Interviews. What are we looking for? What are you trying to say? If you're reading this you have most likely had lots of experience on both sides of the panel. Like most of you, I’ve sat through a number of panels this term. What’s struck me is I seem to be looking for the same thing whether it’s a [...]

APF Membership

By |2019-09-06T15:00:28+10:0026th August 2019|

The APF is the only fully independent industrial organization for state school leaders in Victoria and WA. We understand the work of principal class employees and care about them as individuals - their health and well being is important to us. The APF represent Principals Class employees, Principals, Assistant Principals and Acting Principals. Our membership is fully tax deductible. APF [...]

Mobile Phones in Schools

By |2019-09-06T15:00:16+10:0026th August 2019|

There are a myriad of comments that can and should be made about this move by the DET to ban mobile phones in schools. The most important of all is this: Given that many schools had already banned phones or established policies to limit their use at school, in making a blanket ban such as this, school leadership and autonomy [...]

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