Norm Hart – Deputy Chair, ACARA – Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority
Norm Hart was appointed president of the Australian Primary Principals Association (APPA) in January 2011. He began his teaching career on Palm Island, Queensland in 1975. He was appointed as a primary school principal in 1978. Over a thirty-year period, he led small one-teacher schools through to large schools with over 700 students. He has also held the positions of President of the Queensland Association of State School Principals and the Australian Government Primary Principals Association.
Until his retirement on 31 December 2014, as APPA president, Mr Hart represented principals in Government, Catholic and Independent primary schools across Australia.
Formal Qualifications: Dip. T; B.Ed.St; M.Ed;
Principalship: Led eight North Queensland primary schools (Mutarnee, Coen, Bambaroo, Bluewater, Ingham, Bohlevale and Cranbrook) in a wide range of locations and social circumstances. Utilised appropriate leadership approaches to increase community participation in the life and work of each school. Modelled and expected respectful relationships, honest dialogue and cooperative effort among students, staff, and parents to maximise student learning.
Professional Association Leadership: Elected President of QASSP, AGPPA and APPA for consecutive terms. Presided over the formal and informal decision-making processes of each association. Chaired board, council, and general meetings of each association. As APPA President, achieved and presented single consensus submissions from all state, territory and sector associations to the Gonski Panel, Curriculum Review Panel. Represented all primary school leaders when addressing other issues on the national education agenda.