Adjunct Associate Professor receives top education medal

3 July 2013

Adjunct Associate Professor Phil Lambert has achieved the highest honour from the Australian College of Educator's (ACE) NSW branch as recipient of the 2013 Sir Harold Wyndham Medal.

Named for curriculum reformer and a founding member of the Australian College of Educators, Sir Harold Wyndham, the annual prize recognises professional educators who have demonstrated an outstanding contribution to NSW education, from early childhood through to tertiary.

"I am deeply honoured to receive this prestigious award," Lambert said. "I am aware of the great educators who have received the Medal before me and to have my name listed alongside their names is incredibly flattering."

Across his distinguished education career, Lambert has worked in myriad roles, including as a principal, inspector, executive director, and as Regional Director, Sydney at the NSW Department of Education and Communities. He has been at the helm of such major policy initiatives as the delivery of distance education to rural students, the NSW review of Aboriginal Education, and the class size reduction program.

He continues this leadership on education in his current position as General Manager, Curriculum at the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). Lambert's services to education were previously acknowledged in the 2012 Queen's Birthday Honours with a Public Service Medal.

Lambert said he was first inspired to pursue a career in education by his mother, a school cleaner.

"She would tell me stories about the teachers, how they cared about children, how they worked collaboratively and most of all what kind of people they were," he said. "She would tell me she wanted me to be like that... Above all this is a profession that every day adds value to the world."

Adjunct Associate Professor Phil Lambert will officially receive the Medal at a special ACE Presentation and Awards Dinner on Friday 2nd August 2013.

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