Deputy Secretary, School Performance – South
Murat Dizdar PSM, Deputy Secretary, School Performance – South, is a senior leader of the NSW Department of Education who oversees the provision of a quality public education for students in over 2,200 schools.Murat co-leads the School Performance division that provides support to 80,000 teachers and school leaders to deliver a high-quality education for over 820,000 students. The School Performance division consists of teams that are responsible for school planning, ongoing self-assessment and external validation, annual reporting and policy implementation. School Performance also oversees strategic partnerships in the arts, sport, high performing students, community languages and International students. Murat also presides over the Connected Communities directorate that strengthens the educational outcomes for Aboriginal 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.Ruth has spent more than 30 years leading service delivery and reform in the UK government, primarily in welfare and employment services. She was also the Head of Profession for operational delivery across the UK civil service, leading professional development and learning for all colleagues in front line customer facing roles (around 280,000 people).After moving to Australia four years ago, Ruth led the Human Services team in consulting firm EY across Australia and NZ, advising government clients across Commonwealth and states/territories on how to deliver and embed their reform objectives in child protection, disability, welfare, and social housing. She joined DoE in January 2021.