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Catholic Principals Graduate With New Skills To Improve Leadership

06 April 2016

The first wave of Catholic school principals to pass the Australian Catholic University’s new Master of Business Administration course today graduated with qualifications tailored for Catholic school leaders.

Minister for Education, James Merlino, congratulated the 28 Catholic school principals at an event at the headquarters of Catholic Education in Melbourne.

The new MBA (Executive) course is provides principals with the business acumen and management skills needed to successfully manage schools.

The 28 principals completed the course in 2014 and 2015, a further 23 principals are expected to complete the course this year.

The 2015-16 Victorian Budget invested almost $4 billion in Victoria’s education and skills system – representing the single biggest boost to education funding in Victoria’s history.

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting all non-government schools. This includes passing 25% funding legislation, which secures funding, and improves accountability for how this funding is used.

The Labor Government is also delivering $120 million fund over four years to build and upgrade Catholic and independent schools.

On top of this, the $148 million Camp, Sports and Excursions Fund is also open to Catholic school students.

Earlier this year, to support collaboration between the state and independent education sectors, the Labor Government established the School Policy and Funding Advisory Council.

This provides a forum in which to raise issues and provide advice to the Government on school policy, funding and regulation.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“We know that for students to receive a great education, they need to be supported by strong leadership. Being a principal can be difficult and demanding, but ultimately extremely rewarding.”

“It was fantastic to acknowledge and congratulate all of these principals on their graduation – I’m confident that what they have learned will help them become even better leaders for our next generation of students.”

“We’re investing almost $4 billion to make Victoria the Education State, so every community has access to great local schools and every child has the chance to succeed.”

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