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Deputy principal Wendy Camenzuli  outside Toodyay District High School. Picture: Martin Kennealey.d441419
Deputy principal Wendy Camenzuli outside Toodyay District High School. Picture: Martin Kennealey.d441419

Returning from a recent study tour in the UK, Ms Camenzuli is completing a part-time Masters course for teachers and staff who aspire to lead public schools.

Set up by UWA, the Master of School Leadership program offered to send senior teachers to the UK to learn from international experts.

Ms Camenzuli said the 10-day-tour increased her educational understanding. �The study tour provided me with a greater understanding of my role as a school leader.

�It has inspired me to continue working with a strong focus on learning for students, teachers and school leaders,� she said.

Discussions focussed on the UK education system, in particular the Office for Standards in Education, Children�s Services and Skills (OFSTED).

Ms Camenzuli said OFSTED played a key role in improving schools through rigorous assessment proce- sses.

�It was interesting to note the differences and similarities to the ongoing educational reforms, particularly the Independent Public Schools initiative that is currently being implemented in the WA public school system,� she said.

Ms Camenzuli said we have a simular program to OFSTED, the Education Review Group, which visits schools throughout WA to assess their performance in all areas. She also noted similarities in school autonomy in both systems, with decision-making and financial resources.

�We are not similar in every sense, but we are both working towards the same goals,� she said.

Teachers on the course heard case studies from senior leaders from the London Institute of Education, Nottingham University, Rhodes House Oxford and Durham University.

They were also taken on an informative tour through the town of Oxford.