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Principals embrace inclusion and help build a culture of high expectations that takes account of the richness and diversity of the school’s wider community and the education systems and sectors. They develop and maintain positive partnerships with students, families and carers, and all those associated with the school’s broader community. They create an ethos of respect taking account of the intellectual, spiritual, cultural, moral, social health and wellbeing of students. They promote sound lifelong learning from preschool through to adult life. They recognise the multicultural nature of Australian people. They foster understanding and reconciliation with Indigenous cultures. They recognise and use the rich and diverse linguistic and cultural resources in the school community. They recognise and support the needs of students, families and carers from communities facing complex challenges.

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Principals promote parental and carer engagement as a key aspect of raising the achievement of all students.

Principals draw on expertise from other organisations to enhance and enrich the learning experience for students and their families.

Principals work with other agencies to support the health, wellbeing and safety of students and their families.

  • Principals work with other agencies to support the health, wellbeing and safety of students and their families. View tools

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    • The Brave Program

      The BRAVE Program is an interactive, online program for the prevention and treatment of childhood and adolescent anxiety.

      Source: Beyond Blue

      Webpage

    • SenseAbility Program

      The SenseAbility program is a strengths-based resilience program designed for those working with young Australians aged 12-18 years.

      Source: Beyond Blue

      Manual PDF 57 pages

    • Quality of implementation of a school mental health initiative and changes over time in students’ social and emotional competencies

      This paper reports the theoretical conceptualisation, statistical development, and application of an Implementation Index to evaluate the quality of implementation of the KidsMatter Primary school mental health initiative in Australia.

      Source: Principals Australia Institute

      Paper PDF 27 pages

    • Putting the child at the centre.... a whole-school approach

      KidsMatter takes the view that a whole-school approach to optimising the social, emotional and mental health of children sits at the heart of their development.

      Source: Principals Australia Institute

      Paper PDF 4 pages

    • Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre

      A collections of publications exploring the role of technologies in young people’s lives

      Source: Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre

      Webpage

    • Inverting the pyramid: Enhancing systems for protecting children

      This report describe the current service systems for protecting children across Australia and identifies strategies and processes that could prevent abuse and neglect.

      Source: Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth

      Report PDF 294 pages

    • Cyberbullying and the bystander

      A report summarising research findings and effective interventions that encourage cyber-bullying bystanders to take positive, effective and safe action.

      Source: Australian Human Rights Commission

      Report PDF 200 pages

    • Education Partnership Resource

      This resource is designed to help schools form effective, mutually beneficial partnerships with a wide range of external organisations.

      Source: DEECD

      Website

    • Closer and Stronger

      A high school and its principal, Sabina Smith, help a Northern Territory community rebound when the closing of a local refinery casts doubt upon the future.

      Source: Madeleine Regan

      Article PDF 2 pages

    • Cybersmart

      This website provides a helpful overview of what cyber-bullying is and what it looks like, and provides resources for supporting students and developing strategies to deal with cyber-bullying.

      Source: Australian Communications and Media Authority

      Website

    • Partnerships for learning: community support for youth success

      In this paper, the authors draw on the experiences of national organisations and a set of community schools in the USA that have built these learning partnerships.

      Source: Harvard Family Research Project

      Report PDF 14 pages

    • Partnering for school improvement: case studies of school community partnerships in Australia

      The case studies in this booklet illustrate the creative ways in which Australian schools are responding to local needs by establishing and building partnerships with community organisations and businesses.

      Source: ACER

      Report PDF 99 pages

    • What Works

      What Works. The Work Program is a set of materials for those working in schools. It is designed to assist them to plan and take action to improve educational outcomes for Australian Indigenous students.

      Source: DEEWR

      Website

    • Let's fight it together - cyber-bullying

      This short film depicts the story of a teenager who becomes the target of bullying via the internet and his mobile phone, highlighting how it can affect different people in the school community.

      Source: Childnet International

      Video MP4 7 mins

    • Student-centred schools make the difference

      Exploring the concept of 'student-centred schools' and how to develop and sustain a student-centred philosophy at all levels within a school.

      Source: AITSL

      Reading list Various

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  • They create specific strategies for hard-to-reach parents and carers. View tools

  • They explore the use of technology to deepen the engagement of parents and carers in student learning. View tools

  • They establish innovative processes to gather regular feedback from families and the local community that is systematically used to review school practices and inform decision-making. View tools

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    • School Assessment Toolkit Reflection Matrix

      This self-reflection matrix supports schools to self-evaluate the strengths and benefits of school community partnerships, while identifying gaps for further development.

      Source: Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

      Tool PDF 15 pages

    • The benefits of parental involvement: What research has to say

      An overview of studies that show that parent involvement activities that are effectively planned and well implemented result in substantial benefits to children, parents, educators, and the school.

      Source: Olsen, G; Fuller, M L

      Article Website

    • Flipping parent communication?

      A blog discussing the application of flipped classroom principles to parent communication.

      Source: Peter DeWitt

      Article Website

    • Engaging parents in student learning

      An Illustration of Practice highlighting parental engagement through end-of-unit student presentations and feedback.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 5 mins

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Principals lead the school as an inclusive outward-facing organisation and they link with and provide support to other schools in effective community and family engagement.

  • Principals lead the school as an inclusive outward-facing organisation and they link with and provide support to other schools in effective community and family engagement. View tools

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    • Strengthening family and community engagement

      DET NSW has published this resource to assist school leaders in strengthening these crucial partnerships. Provide a wide range of links to the work of other organisations and identifies the key drivers of positive partnerships.

      Source: Education and Communities, NSW Government - Public Schools NSW

      Resource PDF 7 pages

    • Dedicated support

      Adelaide principal Meredith Edwards helps give students and communities what they need to succeed.

      Source: Madeleine Regan

      Article PDF 2 pages

    • Closer and Stronger

      A high school and its principal, Sabina Smith, help a Northern Territory community rebound when the closing of a local refinery casts doubt upon the future.

      Source: Madeleine Regan

      Article PDF 2 pages

    • Enhanced pair

      This article focuses on a twinning project helps build capacity in two neighbouring schools.

      Source:

      Article PDF 2 pages

    • The future of education

      In this interview, Peter Senge discusses the need for schools to innovate and respond to community and global needs.

      Source: Peter Senga

      Video MP3 6 minutes

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  • They draw on best practice nationally and internationally to embed a culture of inclusion and high expectations for all, and take steps to tackle the effects of disadvantage on learning. View tools

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    • Pathways to participation revisited

      A practical planning and evaluation aid to help adults to identify and enhance the level of children and young people’s participation.

      Source: New Zealand Association for Intermediate and Middle Schooling

      Article PDF 5 pages

    • Inverting the pyramid: Enhancing systems for protecting children

      This report describe the current service systems for protecting children across Australia and identifies strategies and processes that could prevent abuse and neglect.

      Source: Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth

      Report PDF 294 pages

    • Investigating the links to improved student learning

      Drawing on a six-year study in Canada, this report explores how school leadership impacts on student learning and highlights the importance of collaborative work within a school.

      Source: Wallace Foundation

      Report PDF 335 pages

    • How leadership influences student learning

      This report describes the basics of successful leadership and what leaders must do to meet the challenges of school reform.

      Source: Wallace Foundation

      Report PDF 87 pages

    • Starting school: a strengths-based approach

      This paper provides an overview of the role of ‘resilience’ in an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander strengths‐based early learning context.

      Source: ACER, FaHCSIA

      Report PDF 39 pages

    • What Works

      What Works. The Work Program is a set of materials for those working in schools. It is designed to assist them to plan and take action to improve educational outcomes for Australian Indigenous students.

      Source: DEEWR

      Website

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  • They develop a mutually supportive, collaborative and trusting relationship with the community to ensure engagement in the life of the school. View tools

  • They collaborate effectively with other schools and agencies to promote an excellent education system in which all young people can thrive. View tools