Education Minister Christopher Pyne announced a new leadership resource for school principals on Wednesday.
The program, Leadership Profiles, was developed by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL), which helps the Government promote effective leadership in education.
“The Australian Government knows that great principals lead and inspire teachers to provide young Australians with a first-rate education,” Minister Pyne said.
“Students do better at schools where the principal has more say over how the school runs, that’s why we are investing $70m to help principals get the skills they need to have more local decision making over how their school operates.”
In a blog posted on Wednesday AITSL CEO Margery Evans explained the importance that Leadership Profiles has in the evolving role of school principals in a changing climate.
“Becoming an effective school leader is a journey of continual learning and refinement,” Evans said.
“Such leaders reflect on their actions and the impact they have, adapting their practice to meet the needs of students and colleagues.”
Minister Pyne and AITSL Chair, Professor John Hattie, unveiled the Leadership Profiles program, which is based on the Australian Professional Standard for Principals (APSP).
Professor John Hattie said AITSL’s work focuses strongly on the APSP as a support for principals leading schools in times of change.
“Leading a school is a complex and challenging role, and I am delighted we have been able to support current and future school leaders with authoritative, evidence-based approaches in these leadership profiles,” he said.
The Leadership Profiles will be available online at http://www.aitsl.edu.au/leadership-profiles.