Primary and high school principals from across the state have joined education researchers and students at the launch of UNSW's Office of Educational Leadership (OEL) - the first initiative of its kind in Australia.

The OEL, based in the School of Education, provides a focus for research and teaching in education leadership for institutions ranging from early childhood to universities. It offers programs and courses to allow leaders to share international research and their own experiences in order to better understand and develop their roles.

"Effective educational leaders do make a difference to student outcomes," said OEL Coordinator Dr Margaret Varady, who joined the University this year after 17 years as principal of Sydney Girls' High School.

The launch program featured a number of keynote speakers:

Read more about the program at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences website.

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