Principal Craig Skinner, Adam Spencer and deputy principal Louise Hughes (Calista Primary School/Facebook)
Principal Craig Skinner, Adam Spencer and deputy principal Louise Hughes (Calista Primary School/Facebook)

A school’s location alters the impact a teacher can have but that can be a good thing, according to an award-winning principal from Perth’s southern suburbs.

Calista Primary School‘s Craig Skinner, who was named one of the winners of the Commonwealth Bank‘s Teaching Awards on Friday, said location shouldn’t change the quality of education children receive and should instead be seen as an opportunity for teachers.

“I’ve mostly worked in schools that are in lower socio-economic areas and I think that’s where education can have the greatest impact,” principal Skinner said in a WA Department of Education release.

“My vision is that all students have a right to be literate and numerate. A postcode should not determine a student’s achievement.”

Principal Skinner is one of 12 recipients of the bank’s $45,000 fellowships to fund student wellbeing and achievement programs at their schools.

The bank said the awards were established last year to recognise teaching excellence and provide inspiration for Australian educators, “especially those working in challenging and socially-diverse communities,” the bank said when announcing the winners.

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