2016 Rural Education Conference

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CEP will be once again host the highly successful and popular Rural Education Conference in May, 2016 with the valuable support of the Bastow Institute of Education Leadership.

This years Rural Education Conference was the brainchild of the Rural Youth Ambassadors, and they will play a key facilitation role throughout the conference – providing a real student voice within rural education.

As one of the only true cross-sectorial events within education in Victoria, the Rural Education Conference is an “unmissable” opportunity for education leaders, educators, school councillors and board members, rural communities and those interested in rural education to come together and explore how they can inspire, invigorate and challenge our rural and remote children and young people to realise their dreams.

We are also pleased to have the Deputy Premier, and Minister for Education, The Hon

For a copy of the Rural Education Conference flier:  Rural Education Conference Flier 2016

To Register click on the link:  Rural Education Conference 2016

Bastow InstituteDate:

Friday, 13th May 2016

An optional dinner the night prior (Thursday, 12th May) is available for up to 50 people.


Bastow Institute for Educational Leadership, North Melbourne will host the face to face location for this year Rural Education Conference.

In addition five sites within rural Victoria will be identified to provide a base for the Rural Education Conference to be “beamed in” through video conference.

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  • Rural Education Leaders;
  • Rural Educators;
  • Parents;
  • School Councillors and
  • interested people across all education sectors; inclusive of early years, primary and secondary education settings.


An outline of the program can be downloaded by clicking on:  Rural Education Conference Program Summary

Key-note Presenters

Headlining the 2016 Rural Education Conference will be two internationally renowned educational presenters; Sir John Jones and Maggie Farrar.

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There is a small and select band of educational professionals in the UK who have not only had their achievements recognised in the New Year’s Honours List, but who are also able to inspire others with their outstanding knowledge, passion and enthusiasm – Sir John Jones is one.

Knighted in 2003 for his services to education, Sir John worked most of his professional life in challenging schools across the North West of England, his last post being the head-teacher of a large secondary school in Merseyside.
His achievements and reputation for straight talking, leadership and creativity has led to him being invited onto various organizations, panels and think tanks including the National College for School Leadership, the DfES’ Leadership Development Unit, the Teacher Development Agency’s National Remodelling Unit and visiting posts with both Manchester and Liverpool Universities.

Sir John has also proven himself to be one of the most entertaining, inspiring and sought-after speakers on the global educational stage.

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Maggie Farrar

Hailing from the UK, Maggie Farrar has worked with a number of Victorian rural education alliances since 2014 as well as providing a range of leadership development forums across many states within Australia, especially focused on the power that collaboration across schools, and between schools and their communities, has on student learning opportunities and outcomes. Her passion is educational leadership and collaborative practices – drawing upon her time as a school leader, regional education leader and as a Senior Executive within the National College of School Leadership in the UK. She is highly skilled in working with clusters of schools and school / community partnership groups across many countries, to secure more effective collaboration and to build locality leadership capacity to achieve sustainable impact. Her involvement within the Leading Schools Alliances, especially throughout rural UK is highly respected.

She has been involved in partnership with CEP within Australia developing approaches and strategies that utilise collaborative approaches to enhance student opportunities, builds education leadership and teacher capacity, and improves student learning outcomes.

Her expertise will be evident as she presents on the enormous potential that collaboration within and across education organisations can have on inspiring student learning;  and her experiences of successfully cultivating collaborative approaches within many education communities across the UK, as well as many other countries in engaging students will be utilised throughout her presentation. We look forward to welcoming Maggie back to Australian shores for May 12th (dinner) and May 13th (conference).

Pre Conference Dinner

The Rural Education Conference is hosting an optional Conference Dinner on the Thursday prior to the Conference, where a maximum of 40 conference delegates are encouraged to dine in a more relaxed environment to share learnings and network with each other.

This will also provide the opportunity to mingle with Sir John Jones and Maggie Farrar.

The cost of the meal:      $ 50.00 per person – people buy their own drinks.european-tour-reports-300x225


  • Rural Education Conference (Face to Face at Bastow Institute) – includes registration costs, morning and afternoon teas, and lunch:
    • CEP Financial Members : $200 ex GST.
    • CEP Non Financial Members : $250 ex GST

    For Pre Service Teachers who are interested to be involved in the Rural Education Conference, there is a special Pre Service Teacher Registration rate – contact CEP for further details.


  • Rural Education Conference (via “Conference Hub”) – includes morning tea and a light lunch:
    • CEP Financial Members : $120 ex GST.
    • CEP Non Financial Members : $160 ex GST


To register your attendance at the 2016 Rural Education Conference, please follow this link:  2016 Rural Education Conference Registration

More Information:

Contact CEP on admin@cep.org.au