Murat Dizdar PSM, Deputy Secretary, School Operations and Performance, leads the public education system of over 2,200 NSW Department of Education schools that oversees the provision of a quality public education for over 800,000 students.

Murat leads the School Operations and Performance division that provides support to 80,000 teachers and school leaders to deliver a high-quality education for students. The School Operations and Performance division consists of teams that are responsible for school planning, ongoing self-assessment and external validation, annual reporting and policy implementation. School Operations and Performance also oversees strategic partnerships in the arts, sport, high performing students, community languages and International students.

Murat’s career with the NSW Department of Education began as a social sciences teacher at Ashcroft High School. He has experience in a range of school leadership roles including being senior principal of Belmore and Punchbowl Boys High School.

Murat holds a Bachelor of Education (Secondary Humanities) majoring in Economics and Geography from the University of Sydney, and recently undertook the Leadership for the 21st Century course at Harvard Kennedy School.

Murat was awarded the Australia Day Public Service Medal in 2016 and an ACEL NSW Fellowship in 2019.

Leading successful learning in a changing world: Responding to the challenge of COVID-19

The NSW Department of Education has responsibility for the operation of 2,200 public schools educating over 800,000 students. The educational response to the COVID-19 pandemic has provided an opportunity to reflect on the daily operations of our schools, the curriculum, lesson design and to identify innovative practices. Murat will explore the Department’s response, how it has highlighted the capacity of schools to be agile and responsive and how it supported each and every student during this crisis to be known, valued and cared for.