Call for presenters

In July 2017, the Australian Government established the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools to provide advice on how to improve student achievement and school performance. The final report, Through Growth to Achievement: Report of the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools inspired the emphasis for this conference on the educational notion of growth.

What do we understand by growth for students, staff, communities and/or systems? How will it inform practice, achievement and the enrichment of lives?

We invite you to submit an abstract for either a 50 minute workshop or a 10 minute ignite presentation for consideration by the committee. All offers will be gratefully received and reviewed. Abstracts are to be limited to 350 words. and must be submitted via this online portal.


Workshops will run for 50 minutes and will be presented to an audience of approximately 40-60 delegates. The intent is for you to share in detail an evidence based educational practice that has been or is being implemented in a school or across schools.


The Ignite session is designed to be a platform where delegates can hear from a number of speakers in quick succession. As a presenter, you will have 10 minutes in which to present one idea/concept/ challenge/principle. Your presentation should be short, sharp and relevant to the audience. Four or five presenters will be grouped together and will collectively finish with audience Q&A once everyone has spoken. It is intended to be a collegial sharing experience with the opportunity to follow up further detail, ideas or practices that resonate with the presenters.

Please note: Presenters are required to pay for their registration, accommodation and airfares to the conference; however, the early bird discount will be offered to all accepted presenters. If representing an organisation outside of the AHISA network of schools, please be aware that this is not an opportunity for a sales pitch. This is an opportunity to add to the national conversation around leadership in the independent schools sector and contribute to the professional development of our schools’ senior staff as well as educational outcomes of students in our care.  Terms and conditions for presenters

Presenting at the 2020 Leading, Learning & Caring Conference is an opportunity to contribute to the collegiality we value within AHISA and is seen as a wonderful opportunity to promote and enable you to build your professional profile. 

We look forward to receiving and reading your ideas. 


Closing date extended to Monday 23 September!

Conference Committee

Kerri Batch, Head of Learning, Aitken College
Katrina Brennan, Head of school - staff, Shelford
Cathryn Furey, Assistant Principal/Director of Learning, Ruyton Girls' School
Meg Hansen, Principal, Westbourne Grammar
Adam Kenny, Head of Boys' Junior School and Head of Boys' Education, Tintern Grammar
Gina Peele
, Director of Student Programs, St Catherine's School
Ross Phillips
, Senior Dean of Learning, Innovation and Research, Strathcona Baptist Girls School
Troy Stanley, Head of Middle School, Camberwell Grammar School