Colin Sloper has been a teacher, assistant principal and principal in government schools for the past 35 years. In the course of his career he has been involved in the establishment of five new state government schools, including his time as principal of Pakenham Springs Primary School in Victoria. Because of his leadership and collaborative work with the school community, Pakenham Springs became the first recognised model of a professional learning community (PLC) in Australia.
As a school leader, Colin has specialised in growing new schools by building a learning-focused culture throughout the school community. His leadership has emphasised student engagement while achieving substantial results for both the students and teachers he has served. Colin's schools are highly sought after as sites of professional learning for staff across all educational sectors.