Department of Education secretary Mark Scott has congratulated local principals on their commitment to school improvement and transformation to fulfil the public education vision.
Speaking at the Western NSW Education Forum in Orange on Wednesday, he told principals that the state's 2200 public schools were making solid progress towards the department's vision of being 'Australia's best education system and one of the finest in the world'.
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He said the vision would be realised with ongoing dedication to improvement and transformation.
"Our shared purpose is to put students at the centre of everything we do," Mr Scott said.
"Our work must be driven, and judged, by a focus on the individual child and on constant improvement in every school and classroom.
"We have to make sure that every child is known, valued and cared for.
"We are working to ensure that every student is successfully prepared for further education, training and work, and that our education system reduces the impact of disadvantage.
"I applaud your determination to lead schools that achieve these goals and contribute to the fulfilment of our public education vision."
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The Orange forum is one of 12 conducted across regional and metropolitan NSW.
They follow the success of forums last year, where the Department of Education's 2018-22 strategic plan was outlined to principals.
During discussions with principals on Wednesday, Mr Scott commended their contribution towards achieving the education goals and performance measures.