Eric has had extensive experience as an educator in Australia for over 35 years with the NSW Department of Education and Communities. The Department works with local communities, industry partners and other government agencies to support more than 1.5 million students (in schools, TAFE and community education).
During this time, Eric has worked in many leadership roles and has made substantial contributions, particularly in the areas of improving student learning outcomes and in developing strategic leadership and evidence-based practices in schools.
Since 2011, Eric has been Director, High Performance, with responsibility for leading the implementation of innovative student learning and assessment practices, leadership development and teacher quality, in addition to school planning, improvement, accountability and excellence. His key strengths are leading system-wide innovation, educational reforms and ensuring high quality educational provision for students and staff.
As Director, High Performance, Eric has played a key role in transforming system-wide educational practice through:
- Developing and implementing the NSW school planning, performance monitoring, reporting and accountability framework which directs a high level, strategic approach to school development, monitors and reports on the implementation of school plans, and validates the standard of school operations.
- Providing high level strategic advice on evidence based approaches for schools to determine strategic directions, guide policy and program development and inform decision making.
- Developing and implementing leading edge online assessment systems to support decision making and the formulation of initiatives that improve student outcomes.
- Implementing high quality teacher and leadership development frameworks and strategies which are recognised as best practice to drive the building of workforce capacity.
- Ensuring that professional learning programs are accredited with the NSW Institute of Teachers and are compliant with mandatory legislative accountabilities.
- Developing strategic liaisons with external educational agencies to provide input and advice for the development of national and state standards and the continuous improvement in professional practice across the portfolio.
- Developing and providing analytics and information systems which supply rich, meaningful and integrated information about student learning and professional capacity building that inform state-wide intervention strategies for local adaptation and implementation.
As a successful Principal, Eric's passion for improving educational outcomes, particularly for students in low socio-economic Western Sydney schools, led to him taking on the role of principal at Plumpton High School in 2004. He led the school through a complete transformation and reinvigoration. This resulted in dramatically improved academic performance, attendance and retention rates, with the demand for enrolment at the school double the number of positions available.
Eric's outward focused approach played a pivotal role in the creation of the Plumpton Education Community (PEC) which encompassed three partner primary schools and a school for specific purpose. The result was a significant improvement in Creativity, continuity and consistency in the delivery of curriculum K-12 with teachers working together, often teaching across sites. Their work was recognised by Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, after a visit in February 2010 where she described PEC as an exemplar for Australian schools and a model upon which communities of schools can be developed.
Eric was recognised for his contribution to public education in 2010, being selected by the Sydney Magazine as being one of five educators recognised in Sydney's Top 100 influential People. In 2011, he received the NSW Director General's Award for Outstanding Leadership and the Western Sydney Regional Director's Award for Outstanding Leadership. In 2015, he was included in The Educator's Hot List recognising people who are at the forefront of innovation and leadership in the education sector.