Guest Speaker – Martin Westwell
Martin is the Chief Executive of the SACE Board of South
Australia. The curriculum and assessment authority whose stated purpose is to
“Shape Education so that Students Thrive. The SACE Board serves students and
educators in South Australia, the Northern Territory and schools in the SACE
International program in China, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Pacific Islands.
Martin has worked extensively with education systems in
using evidence to inform policy, practice, innovation and impact in education.
Martin has a number of other roles including Board member
of Australian Council for Educational Leaders’ (ACEL), the Chair of the SA
Department for Education’s Expert Advisory Panel, and member of the Clinical
Advisory Council of the SA Commission for Excellence and Innovation in Health.
Building on his research career at the Universities of
Cambridge and Oxford, Martin and his family moved to South Australia in 2007,
where he took up an academic position at Flinders University.
Martin was a Chief Investigator in the national Science
of Learning Research Centre, collaborating with classroom teachers to use
principles from cognitive science in the development of pedagogical approaches
and assessment practices. He was also one of only two recipients of a $1m
education grant from the Australian Space Research Program, the precursor to
the Australian Space Agency now based in Adelaide.
He has worked with UNESCO using evidence to inform
strategic planning of education in the Asia-Pacific region and has been a
member of the steering group of their research network.
In 2018, Martin received the prestigious Australian
Council for Educational Leaders’ (ACEL) Gold Medal, awarded for the most
outstanding contribution to the study and practice of educational
administration and leadership.