About the speaker:

Michael Carr holds Masters Degrees in Education, Commerce and Labour Law. He has extensive experience within the school environment both as a teacher of Mathematics and as Principal of three large Sydney High Schools.

Michael currently holds the position of Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer at the Association of Independent Schools of New South Wales (AISNSW). He has previously been Director of Governance and School Reviews, Director of Business Services and Director of Industrial Relations. Michael represents the Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) on a number of national committees.

About the facilitator:

Mark Hutchinson is an Australian intellectual historian, currently Professor of History and Dean of Education, Arts and Social Sciences at Alphacrucis College. He has published widely in the history of Australian higher education (including, with Bruce Mansfield,  Liberality of Opportunity: A History of Macquarie University 1964-1989, 1992; and A University of the People: A History of the University of Western Sydney, 2012), and in the history of global evangelicalism (e.g. with John Wolffe, The Cambridge Short History of Global Evangelicalism, 2012).

He has taught and run research programs at the University of NSW (1986-1988), Macquarie University (1991-1999) and Alphacrucis College (2000-2010, 2017-). Mark was Assistant Director of the Currents in World Christianity Project, Cambridge University, 1998-2001, and from 2011-2012 University Historian at the University of Western Sydney. The author and/or editor of 15 books and over 100 research papers, Mark has been a prolific contributor to conferences, research projects and media.  In addition to his disciplinary role as reviewer for journals such as JRH, Pneuma, and the like, he is a Core Member of the Religion and Society Research Cluster at Western Sydney University.

About the talk:

There are many myths circulating in the broader community regarding independent schools. So what does the independent school sector look like in NSW? This presentation will profile the sector as a whole but also provide insights into ‘typical’ independent schools. Michael will examine the sector’s demography in terms of its relationship with Indigenous students, students with disabilities, multicultural based schools and the contribution independent schools make to our Australian society. Michael will finally make conclusions about the education standards of independent schools in NSW.

To attend this event, please RSVP by completing the form below by 5:00pm Tuesday 24 October: