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This was one message to filter through to principals at this year’s two-day western region conference, Dubbo College principal Phil Halpin said.

“A focus was the need to improve the level of performance of disadvantaged children,” Mr Halpin said.

“Schools can make a lot of opportunities for people – if they take advantage of the good things they have to offer.”

With a “few years’ experience” under his belt, Mr Halpin said he was struck this year by the “thinking that had gone in” to the presentations and programs. “There has been a real sea change,” he said.

“There is a definite feeling now that any investment made in education has to produce results or there’s no point pouring money into it.”

Dubbo distance education principal Chris Mason said using data to both reveal disadvantage and plan ways to counter it was also emphasised.

“On a departmental level there was an emphasis on how programs will be delivered on a western regional basis,” she said.

“But we principals are the department and they stressed that it is up to us to make things happen.”

She said the conference was a chance to “hone in on the areas you want to develop” in your own school.

“You also get an idea of what direction the department is taking,” she said.

The conference attracted nearly 200 heads of school from across the area and wrapped up yesterday afternoon.

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