Diane Robertson is currently the Australian Principal of the Year 2018 and Principal of the Year Government Schools 2018. With over 28 years working for the NSW Department of Education, Diane is currently substantive Principal of Clarke Road School, a specialised school that caters for students with complex intellectual disabilities. Clarke Road School was judged as one of 20 innovative schools in Australia by The Educator magazine, this being testament to the innovative and transformational educational provision. Clarke Road School has a strong consultative framework and a distributive leadership model that places student and teachers at the centre.
Diane is Deputy President of the NSW Primary Principals Association (PPA) representing over 2,200 Principals across NSW. The PPA, provides advice and works alongside the NSW Department of Education at senior management levels to promote a culture of excellence in educational services. As a member of the NSW Special Education Principals’ Association (SEPLA), a former board member of the Australian Special Education Principals Association Executive (ASEPA), Diane continues to place students at the centre in her support of quality education in NSW.
Diane has been the recipient of a NSW Premiers scholarship to study in the USA- “Disability, challenging behaviour and severe communication disorders”. Diane received the NSW Primary Principals Social Justice and Equity Award, 2016, from the Secretary Department of Education, Mark Scott for outstanding leadership in the NSW school system. Diane was also a recipient of a Department of Education cadetship completing a Master in Special Education at Wollongong University.
In 2018 Diane was seconded to the position of a “Principals in Residence”, a new and innovative concept introduced by the NSW Department of Education. This position facilitated Principals, fresh from the field, and corporate personnel to work shoulder to shoulder to implement the “Every student is known valued and cared for in our schools” project. This focus is central to the implementation of the NSW 2018-2020 Strategic Directions.
Diane is committed to building the capacity of our future school leaders through visible leadership and maintains a strong commitment to NSW public school students.