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Accomplished school Principals will
be recognised in national professional
standards, when work currently under
way through Principals Australia in
partnership with Teaching Australia
comes to fruition.
These aspirational standards are being
developed through the teaching profession
as a way of describing the complex and
challenging work that Principals do, to
guide professional learning and recognise
highly accomplished practice.
What is an accomplished Principal?
An accomplished Principal is an
exemplary school leader. As the standards
will show, accomplished Principals define
a clear vision for their school that centres
on improving teaching and learning.
They are open to change and remain alert
to new opportunities that will take the
school forward. Most importantly, they
know how to bring the school community
along with them. While all schools
have their own issues, an accomplished
Principal develops a deep understanding
of the school environment and engages
with it to achieve strategic goals.
Accomplished Principals differ from
beginning Principals in the range of
knowledge and skills they bring to the
role and the expertise with which they
manage competing priorities.
Why define standards?
Professional standards for accomplished
Principals can give greater value and
status to the work of Principals, both
within the teaching profession and with
the public. They will show Principals as
talented, capable and skilled people. They
will demonstrate that this is not a job
that anyone can do, without knowledge,
expertise and experience.
The standards will position the Principal as
a highly skilled leader of learning and not
merely a manager of a school. They will
make it clear that accomplished Principals
are experts in the business of teaching and
learning. They will show leading teachers
and new Principals what they can aspire to
as they develop in their careers.
Who is developing the standards?
The initial draft of the standards for
accomplished Principals has been
developed over the past six months by a
group of 15 Principals. Their work draws
on the knowledge and experience of
practitioners, research about leadership,
research about standards and discussion
and debate within the teaching profession
over the past few years. The standards are
framed by the Charter for the teaching
profession, which sets out the core values
and commitments, and the sense of moral
purpose, of all teachers and Principals.
Drafting standards is an iterative and
collaborative process. This initial draft
will be widely disseminated for public
consultation and comment during August
and September 2009.
This process is designed in the first instance
to find out what practising professionals
think about the standards, to see whether
they capture the essential elements of an
accomplished Principal's role, whether
they are relevant in different school
contexts, and whether they are expressed
unambiguously and appropriately.
Further writing and re-writing will
follow, before the standards are
tested and validated with employers,
Principals, teachers, researchers and other
stakeholders and then endorsed.
Writing professional standards is
a challenging task and demands
extensive engagement by the profession.
Principals Australia and Teaching
Australia encourage teachers and
Principals to participate in the national
consultation when the draft standards
for accomplished Principals are released
in August. There will be opportunities
to contribute views in conferences and
Principal association-led workshops as
well as online.
For further information: www.
teachingaustralia.edu.au or www.
National standards for accomplished Principals
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The Education ExpoTM is an intellectual
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There are learning environments to
demonstrate ways to engage students
in problem solving and develop their
creativity. Activities include mind games,
theatre for young people, visual arts and
Organiser Dr Linda Vining, a former
teacher, said a team of educators spends
Powerhouse of information at the 2010 Education ExpoTM
a year bringing everything educational
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educators, beginning teachers, parents,
students and anyone interested in education
from childhood to 50+.
The annual spectacular displays hundreds of
booths and is a peak event on the education
calendar. If your school would like to be
represented, you can book a booth at either
the Sydney or Adelaide expo.
By hunting around, teachers can find
special expo discounts and free samples
or trial vouchers. For those with an eye
on career progression there are awards
to enter, teacher networks online, job
opportunities in Australia and overseas,
and professional development courses.
It's a perfect place to talk face-to-face to
people from professional associations
and government and community agencies
and discover the funding they have to
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Community services such as the Asthma
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Clinic, Aboriginal Culture and Guide
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Demonstrations of school management
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school-industry partnerships and a host of
For details see www.edexpo.info.
Telephone 0458 996 971.
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