John Bennett (educator)

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John Bennett
Born John Leslie Bennett
(1948-10-25) 25 October 1948 (age 68)
Residence Randwick, New South Wales
Nationality Australian
Education B.Math, B.Ed.Stud., M.Ed., Ph.D.
Alma mater University of Newcastle
University of New South Wales
Occupation Education administrator
Years active 1968 – present
Title Chief Executive, Office of the Board of Studies
Term 2002 – 2009
Predecessor John Ward
Successor Carol Taylor
Awards Wyndham Medal

John Leslie Bennett (born 25 October 1948) is an Australian educator. He is Conjoint Professor of Education at the University of New South Wales. Bennett was Chief Executive of the Office of the Board of Studies (OBOS) from 2002 to 2009.[1]

Bennett began his career as a teacher of mathematics at Maitland Boys' High School in 1968. He was appointed as Head of Mathematics at Dover Heights Girls' High School in 1978. From 1986 Bennett held a variety of positions in assessment and information services with OBOS and its precursor. He was appointed General Manager (Chief Executive) in December 2002.[1]

During his term as Chief Executive, Bennett oversaw the implementation of significant changes to the Higher School Certificate, including standards-referenced assessment and reporting,[2] onscreen marking of examinations,[3] a mandatory course in academic integrity[4] and the release of HSC results by SMS.[5]

In 2009 Bennett was awarded the Wyndham Medal by the Australian College of Educators for his leadership and intellectual contribution.[6]



  1. ^ a b "Prof John Bennett". 2010. Retrieved 29 December 2010. 
  2. ^ Bennett, John (2001). "Moderation Issues in a Standards Framework" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 February 2011. Retrieved 30 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Computers in exams: the way of the future?" (PDF). Board Bulletin. 17 (2). 2008. ISSN 1038-5053. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-04. 
  4. ^ Doherty, Linda (23 October 2003). "School students to be given lessons on cheating". Retrieved 2 January 2011. 
  5. ^ Lawson, Amy (12 December 2004). "HSC results by text get tick from students". Retrieved 2 January 2011. 
  6. ^ "Dr John Bennett MACE". 2009. Retrieved 29 December 2010.