Department of Education

Leadership Institute ‹ Principals

Principal Career Stages

Being a leader of a public school demands particularly sophisticated understandings and skills. Each school leader has a clear responsibility and allegiance to the school they lead; and to maximise opportunities for their students to be successful. They advocate for the school and are expected to respond with local educational solutions to the aspirations and demands of parents and the wider school community. In itself, this is a complex and demanding leadership challenge. The Leadership Institute provides high level professional learning supporting the different career stages of principals.

 

 

New principals

Supporting principals in their first three years following initial appointment our programs are designed to recognise and develop a leader’s influence and how this impacts on vision and strategic direction.

Programs are designed to support beginning principals to:

  • transform the school through leading improvement, innovation and change
  • be competent, effective and resilient leaders in their community
  • operationalise the key steps of school improvement within their school
  • build their capacity as leaders within their school and networks to improve student learning
  • develop approaches that support collaboration and team structures within their school
  • enhance their capacity to work strategically and focus on behaviours that really matters
  • develop knowledge and understandings to improve teaching and learning
  • understand the professional knowledge and practice required to lead effectively in diverse contexts.

Accomplished principals

Supports accomplished principals to effectively operationalise the key steps of school improvement within their school and across their networks. High performing principals focus more on instructional leadership and develop teachers. They believe their ability to coach others and support their development is the most important skill of a good leader. Programs are designed to help build a culture of constant professional growth in schools and the importance of professional conversations that result in actions to increase performance.

Programs are designed to support accomplished principals to:

  • effectively develop approaches that support collaboration and team structures within their school by building high trust relationships
  • create strong collaborative teams where leadership is naturally and authentically distributed;
  • effectively transform their school through leading improvement, innovation and change in their school and across their networks
  • set clear performance expectations and hold professional conversations that result in actions to improve performance
  • help build a culture of constant professional growth in schools and the importance of professional conversations that result in actions to increase performance.

Expert principals

Supports highly experienced principals in leading networks of schools to improve student outcomes. Programs are designed to inspire system-wide leadership development initiatives and the importance of providing collegial non-judgemental support and guidance.

Programs are designed to support expert principals to:

  • take responsibility for the overall health and improvement of all Western Australian schools
  • lead networks of schools to improve student outcomes
  • inspire system-wide leadership development initiatives
  • provide collegial non-judgemental support and guidance.

 

Principals
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