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Sarah Lockwood

Principal - Nursery Road State Special School

Personal Credo: All students have the right to access and succeed in quality, equitable education. All school communities will provide a safe, nurturing and supportive environment for all students, families and staff to learn, teach and experience success.

Recent Professional experience:

Principal – Nursery Road State Special School | 2022 - on going

Principal – Mitchelton State Special School | 2019 - 2021

Deputy Principal – Ipswich West State Special School | 2013 - 2019

Disability and Special Education Advocacy:

2008 - current

QASEL membership (Aspirant then Ordinary) for over 10 years


2011 – current

QASEL conference planning committee


2013 – current (Gaps through mat leave years)

QASEL Management Committee – advocacy through discussion papers, briefs, providing consultation and feedback on policy and procedures. Supporting QASEL and non QASEL colleagues.



QASEL rep in an infrastructure advisory group – successful advocacy to Central Office design teams regarding building standards and inclusions to be in all State Special Schools


2020/ 2021

QASEL rep in Central Office WPHS advisory group – advocacy for staff health and wellbeing and providing insight into challenges and successes associated with working with students with a disability


2013 – current (gaps through mat leave years)

Queensland Teachers Union – Special Education Committee

Advocacy for members through direct meetings with key Central Office and Regional Office personnel; providing feedback on draft policies and procedures. At times aligning advocacy with QASEL advocacy to ensure greater influence and outcomes for the disability section in education.



Metropolitan Region Teacher Learning Centre Advisory Group – Special School representative. Advocacy and program planning for new and beginning teachers providing a disability and special education lens



Metropolitan Region Teaching and Learning Advisory Group – Teacher Learning Centre and Special School Principal Representative


2020 - current

Trauma Informed Practices and Research – Active member of the metro Trauma Aware COP and QUT alumni community. Advocating for Trauma Aware Schooling and continued research in Disability and Trauma


If elected I will continue to provide strong advocacy and support within the Special Education Sector. I will use my wide experience, from across Primary, Early Childhood and Special School to ensure advocacy for all sectors within Education Queensland and strong support for leaders within our sector.

Sarah Lockwood
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