Deputy Secretary, School Performance – North
Leanne Nixon, Deputy Secretary, School Performance – North, 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.
The School Performance division aims to maximise the achievements of all students and create a culture of success and a desire to achieve, underpinned by innovative, adaptive and supportive strategies that enhance the quality of teaching and educational leadership at the school level.
The North division directs the operations of more than 1000 NSW public schools from North Sydney up to the Queensland Border and from the coast to as far west as Lightning Ridge. The School Performance North division impacts the lives of over 390,000 students and provides support to 41,000 teachers, school staff and leaders each day. The division includes the Student Support and Specialist Programs directorate which delivers state-wide services in the areas of disability, mental health and wellbeing, as well as behaviour and attendance. It also runs specialist programs in Arts, Sports, Community Languages, International programs, and Assisted School Travel.
Leanne has more than 30 years’ experience in education as a teacher and principal and has a passionate commitment to lifting outcomes for all students.
Leanne has held executive roles in the Queensland public sector, including Acting Deputy Director-General, State Schools and Assistant Director-General, State Schools – Performance, where she developed innovative strategies to improve student outcomes including developing a statewide school improvement model.
Leanne Nixon was appointed Deputy Chief Executive in 2019 with the responsibility to lead schools across the Northern Territory, including leading the school improvement agenda and lifting student attendance. As Acting Chief Executive and Deputy Chief Executive, Leanne led the department’s planning and response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including achieving the department’s objective of ensuring continued education provision to students throughout the Northern Territory.