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Principals lead the development of the vision of the school. They are committed to the learning and growth of young people and adults guided by fairness, ethical practice, democratic values and lifelong learning. Principals understand, lead, mediate and serve the best interests of the community. This resonates through the strategic vision, school culture, traditions and positive ethos they seek to promote across the school. They insist upon high standards and foster respect across the whole school community.

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A Profile contains leadership action statements in four sets. The sets increase in proficiency from top to bottom showing the developmental pathway.

Principals ensure the school values underpin and support high quality inclusive practices.

  • Principals ensure the school values underpin and support high-quality inclusive practices. View tools

  • They set expectations that all activities are focused on improving student learning outcomes. View tools

  • They promote the benefits of professional learning to all staff and ensure that their willingness and efforts to learn and improve are recognised. View tools

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    • Demonstrating impact

      The series encourages teachers to continually reflect on their practice by guiding teachers’ self-reflection, self-inquiry and discussion with colleagues.

      Source: AITSL

      Workbook Website

    • Leading professional learning

      This Illustration of Practice explains the alignment of a school’s existing peer and classroom observational tool to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 5 mins

    • Innovation Grants: coherance

      This MP4 examines the coherence of professional learning and development activities as part of AITSL's Innovation Grants Project.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 6 mins

    • Stage teams and lesson study

      Lakemba Public School supports the professional development of teachers through a range of activities including fortnightly professional development sessions and a lesson study focus.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 5 mins

    • Innovation Grants: flexibility

      This MP4 looks at the importance of flexibility in professional learning and development as part of AITSL's Innovation Grants Project.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 6 mins

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  • They develop and implement a personal and organisational vision which links all learning and development activities to better outcomes for students. View tools

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    • Shaping a vision of academic success for all students

      This video, one of a five-part series based on more than a decade of Wallace-supported research to improve teaching and learning.

      Source: The Wallace Foundation

      Video MP4 11 minutes

    • Observation and feedback

      Dandenong North Primary School use observation and feedback as a central component of their performance and development work.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 5 mins

    • Innovation Grants: student outcomes

      This MP4 looks at professional learning and development that has a clear focus on student outcomes as part of AITSL’s Innovation Grants Project.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 6 mins

    • Essential guide to professional learning series

      This website unpacks the research behind key themes of the Professional Learning Charter. School leaders and teachers can reflect on and inform professional learning in their school.

      Source: AITSL

      Website

    • Literature Review and Environmental Scan: student-centred schools make the difference

      Drawing from an environmental scan, and Viviane Robinson’s work on the dimensions of student-centred school leadership, the authors consider how student-centred schools make the difference.

      Source: AITSL

      Report PDF 28 pages

    • Designing Professional Learning

      This report provides a snapshot of the key elements involved in creating effective and engaging professional learning in a globally dispersed market.

      Source: AITSL

      Report PDF 30 pages

    • The impact of leadership on student outcomes

      This reading list brings together some publicly available resources from key researchers in this field.

      Source: AITSL

      Reading list Various

    • 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

    • Teacher effectiveness

      Former AITSL Chair Tony Mackay, and Ben Jensen, discuss effective teaching and the need for teacher development and professional learning to directly inform what happens in the classroom.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 4 mins

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  • They identify the need for innovation and improvement that is consistent with the school’s vision and values and is informed by student learning outcomes. View tools

  • They align management procedures and processes to the educational goals and the vision and values of the school. View tools

  • They promote parental and carer engagement as a key aspect of raising the achievement of all students. View tools

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    • Parent engagement taskforce

      This MP4 outlines Partnership Brokers in the Canterbury-Bankstown area of Sydney which brought together a range of community members to form the Parental Engagement Strategy Partnership.

      Source: Partnership Brokers

      Video MP4 12 mins

    • Supporting reading at home

      In this Illustration of Practice, parents are provided with approaches to assist their child to read at home.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 5 mins

    • The engaging school: a handbook for school leaders

      This handbook is designed for secondary school leaders who want their students to be much more deeply engaged in learning.

      Source: Innovation Unit

      e-book PDF 82 pages

    • 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

    • Engaging parents and carers

      In this Illustration of Practice the teacher recognises the importance of building parent trust.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 5 mins

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  • They support the development of a strong school governing body that is truly representative of the community. View tools

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    • Leading the way: improving school governance and leadership

      This report sets out the steps that can be taken to drive up standards of leadership and governance across the board to better secure the outcomes we want for young people.

      Source: Confederation of British Industry

      Report PDF 24 pages

    • What do we mean by effective governance?

      This paper examines the nature of the school community and the School Council, the relationship between the self-managing school and learning outcomes, and the principles of good governance.

      Source: School Governance Australia Limited

      Discussion paper PDF 8 pages

    • School improvement and governance network - Four Key Areas Guide

      This websites discusses the things that principals, teachers, parents, students and community members do to improve a school and education.

      Source: Victorian Council of School Organisations

      Website

    • Respecting local culture, history and language

      In this Illustration of Practice, a teaching principal explains how he recognises and values the cultural traditions of the students and families in this remote community.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 5 mins

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Principals prioritise creating and sustaining a student-centred learning environment.

  • Principals prioritise creating and sustaining a student-centred learning environment. View tools

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    • Making time for great teaching

      This report explores how this may be achieved by reporting on the extensive work the Grattan Institute undertook with six diverse schools across the country that are striving to give teachers more time.

      Source: AITSL

      Report PDF 41 pages

    • Curiosity and powerful learning

      This booklet identifies strategies for schools and teachers that will nurture within our students – an abiding curiosity about their world.

      Source: Department of Education and Early Childhood Development VIC

      Booklet PDF 16 pages

    • Leadership for personalising learning

      This report focuses on and extends what is already known about effective school leadership in general and learning-centred approaches in particular.

      Source: J West-Burnham

      Report PDF 34 pages

    • Empowering others: coaching and mentoring

      The article identifies aspects of influential and empowering leadership.

      Source: National College for Teaching and Leadership UK

      eBook PDF 16 pages

    • Creating a culture of coaching

      This research study explored how a small cross-phase sample of eight schools in one local authority area went about the process, logistics and impact of creating a culture of coaching.

      Source: Jo Lindon

      Report PDF 22 pages

    • Innovation Grants: student outcomes

      This MP4 looks at professional learning and development that has a clear focus on student outcomes as part of AITSL’s Innovation Grants Project.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 6 mins

    • Engaging parents and carers

      In this Illustration of Practice the teacher recognises the importance of building parent trust.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 5 mins

    • Redesigning education

      Valerie Hannon from the Innovation Unit unpacks the design principles underpinning AITSL's Learning Frontiers.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 5 mins

    • Teacher effectiveness

      Former AITSL Chair Tony Mackay, and Ben Jensen, discuss effective teaching and the need for teacher development and professional learning to directly inform what happens in the classroom.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 4 mins

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  • They seek leadership potential in others and provide opportunities for their development. View tools

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    • Innovation Grants: leadership

      This MP4 highlights the importance of leadership in professional learning and development as part of AITSL’s Innovation Grants Project.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 6 mins

    • Mentoring for leadership

      In this Illustration of Practice an aspiring leader reflects with her mentor on how she has implemented strategies to develop her style of leadership.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 4 mins

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  • They develop a process and common language for change, which supports the implementation of the vision and strategic plan. View tools

  • They embed effective decision-making processes and build a cohesive leadership team. View tools

  • They draw on expertise from other organisations to enhance and enrich the learning experience for students and their families. View tools

  • They encourage the community to use school facilities in order to strengthen community engagement with the school. View tools

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    • Community use of school facilities

      This site outlines the policy for how schools can make their facilities available for use by the community.

      Source: Department of Education and Communities NSW

      Resource Website

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Principals lead a school wide focus on individual student achievement, implementing strategies that secure educational provision for all.

  • Principals lead a school-wide focus on individual student achievement, implementing strategies that secure educational provision for all. View tools

  • They build capacity by creating a culture of empowerment, responsibility and self-directed research that leads to the development of a professional learning community. View tools

  • They maintain their values whilst adapting flexibly and strategically to changes in the environment, in order to secure the ongoing improvement of the school. View tools

  • They ensure management procedures are fully understood by staff who take collective responsibility for the smooth and efficient running of the school. View tools

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

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    • 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

    • eSafety policies

      This website provides links to policies in all states and territories and also provides resources for supporting students and developing strategies to maintain safety when using online technologies.

      Source: Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner

      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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Principals lead high aspirations in learning and inspire the same in students, staff and parents.

  • Principals lead high aspirations in learning and inspire the same in students, staff and parents. View tools

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    • School leadership in action: Principal Practices

      This video series follows 10 principals in four metropolitan areas through their workdays, showing how they use five practices of effective school leadership to improve teaching and learning in their classrooms.

      Source: Wallace Foundation

      Multimedia Video 11 mins 45 secs

    • High Value Add Schools: Key Drivers of School Improvement

      This study aims to examine the key drivers of improvement in NSW government schools that have shown high growth in student outcomes over time.

      Source: Department of Education and Communities NSW

      Report PDF 20 pages

    • The impact of leadership on student outcomes

      This reading list brings together some publicly available resources from key researchers in this field.

      Source: AITSL

      Reading list Various

    • Parental engagement in learning and schooling: lessons from research

      This report provides a synopsis of the published literature pertaining to parental engagement in both the home and school environments.

      Source: The Family-School and Community Partnerships Bureau

      Report PDF 60 pages

    • Curiosity and powerful learning

      This booklet identifies strategies for schools and teachers that will nurture within our students – an abiding curiosity about their world.

      Source: Department of Education and Early Childhood Development VIC

      Booklet PDF 16 pages

    • Assessment: getting to the essence

      The author examines why he believes that assessment in education has become over-conceptualized and over-complicated.

      Source: G Masters

      Paper PDF 16 pages

    • School leadership and student outcomes: identifying what works and why

      This new synthesis of 134 research studies shows that effective teacher professional learning has twice the impact on student outcomes than any other leadership activity.

      Source: V Robinson, M Hohepa, C Lloyd

      Report PDF 294 pages

    • The effective principal

      This paper examines a decade of Wallace Foundation research and finds that five practices of principals are key to effective school leadership.

      Source: P Mendels

      Report PDF 4 pages

    • Observation and feedback

      Dandenong North Primary School use observation and feedback as a central component of their performance and development work.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 5 mins

    • OECD Strong Performers and Successful Reformers in Education

      MP4 excerpts produced by the OECD and the Pearson Foundation, highlighting initiatives being taken by education authorities globally to improve student outcomes.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 8 mins

    • Transforming the teacher in Indigenous education

      A talk challenging the way we view success in Indigenous education, making a powerful case for the role of the educator to evolve.

      Source: TedXDarwin

      Video MP4 16 mins

    • Literature review and environmental scan: learning leaders matter

      The review illustrates the professional practice of Developing Self and Others in the Australian Professional Standard for Principals, focusing on how this practice is demonstrated by learning leaders.

      Source: AITSL

      Literature review PDF 31 pages

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  • They create challenging roles, responsibilities and opportunities for senior leaders that leverage and grow their talents. View tools

  • They lead educational networks by trialling and exploring new ideas for the system, acting as a guide, coach and mentor to staff and colleagues. View tools

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    • Powerful allies

      From communicating with parents, to leadership training for teachers to collaborations with surrounding schools, Glenorchy Primary principal Wendy Potter believes in strength from unity.

      Source: Madeleine Regan

      Article PDF 2 pages

    • Innovation grants: future-focused professional learning

      This MP4 explores a school's future-focused professional learning and development practices as part of AITSL's Innovation Grants Project.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 5 mins

    • Professional capital dialogue

      In this webcast discussion Michael Fullan and David Hamlett discuss the key role of the principal in driving cooperation and collaboration within a community.

      Source: Ontario Principals' Council

      Video MP4 54 mins

    • Ten ideas for 21st century education

      The authors present their view of what 21st century education looks like in practice, and challenge the underlying assumptions of our education systems for centuries.

      Source: Innovation Unit

      Report PDF 17 pages

    • Changing education paradigms

      This MP4 adaption is from a talk given at the RSA (UK) by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert.

      Source: Ken Robinson

      Video MP4 12 mins

    • Leading a self-improving school system

      This report examines the opportunities and hazards that lie ahead as teaching schools and their strategic alliances come on stream.

      Source: National College for School Leadership

      Report PDF 34 pages

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  • They embed a culture of continuous improvement, ensuring research, innovation and creativity are core characteristics of the school. View tools

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    • Innovation grants: future-focused professional learning

      This MP4 explores a school's future-focused professional learning and development practices as part of AITSL's Innovation Grants Project.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 5 mins

    • Leading school improvement

      Presentation by Professor Geoff Masters, ACER, at the AITSL Local Leadership Conference, August 2012.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 26 mins

    • Cultivating diverse, creative and entrepreneurial talents

      Dr Yong Zhao, College of Education, University of Oregon, presents at AITSL’s Local Leadership Conference, 2012.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 43 mins

    • Ten ideas for 21st century education

      The authors present their view of what 21st century education looks like in practice, and challenge the underlying assumptions of our education systems for centuries.

      Source: Innovation Unit

      Report PDF 17 pages

    • Changing education paradigms

      This MP4 adaption is from a talk given at the RSA (UK) by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert.

      Source: Ken Robinson

      Video MP4 12 mins

    • Guided professional learning

      In this Illustration of Practice the teacher describes the contributive leadership model that is used in her school.

      Source: AITSL

      Video MP4 5 mins

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  • They identify trends and influences that will impact on the management of the school and plan for them. View tools

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    • School autonomy

      These resources have been brought together to provoke thought and discussion on the topic of school autonomy.

      Source: AITSL

      Various Various

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  • They 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