This paper is a report from the "Vocational Education and Equity in Senior Secondary School" project focusing on the role of the institutional leadership over reforms to post-compulsory secondary education qualifications. This project examined as an exemplar the changing place of VET in schools and VET in TAFE between 2000-2003 under the banner of "Securing Their Future", the NSW goverment white paper on reforming the Higher School Certificate. Nationally, VET has increasingly been viewd as providing a link between senior secondary education and further/higher education by adopting AQF accreditation, and by jointly resourcing industry-based curriculum frameworks, sometimes in non-traditional settings. While VETIS and TVET in NSW primarily are focused on improving equity and access outcomes for a more inclusive community of students, it is being experienced also as a catalyst for potentially enhanced learning through a broader use of competence assessment and workplace skilling. Of interest to this paper is the role of leadership in facilitating VET as an education tool, and structural and institutional lever, for re-positioning public education, both in schools and colleges of technical and further education towards ends in a climate marked by a "poverty of expectations"
11th International Conference on Post-compulsory Education and Training . Enriching Learning Cultures (Gold Coast, QLD 1-3 December, 2003) p. 133-139