More diversity needed in education leadership: 2018 Br John Taylor Fellow

Thursday, 14 December 2017
An Aboriginal Catholic education has today called on school authorities to do more to identify and develop leaders from culturally diverse backgrounds

 Kelly Humphrey is a Kamilaroi woman and the Assistant Principal at St Michael's Catholic Primary school at Coolamon in the diocese of Wagga Wagga.

"There is great diversity among teachers, but that is not translating into diverse leadership, " Ms Humphrey said.

"Women are 80% of teaching staff in primary schools and more than 50% of teaching staff in secondary schools - yet the number of women in leadership positions is disproportionately low.

"And among first nations people who are eductions, only 7% become Deputy Principals (or equivalent) and just 3% make it to Principal."

Ms Humphrey was today awarded the 2018 Brother John Taylor Fellowship, a $25,000 research prize provided by Catholic Schools NSW (CSNSW) each year to an educator to enable research into an issue that benefits Catholic teaching and education.

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