3What is the Standard?The Standard is a public statement which sets out what Principals are expected to know, understand and do.It is represented as an integrated model.The Standard aims to:define the role and unify the profession nationallydescribe professional practice in a common languagemake explicit the role of quality school leadership in raising standards for the 21st centuryThe National Professional Standard for Principals is a public statement which sets out what principals are expected to know, understand and do to achieve in their work.The development of the Standard:Informed by research and by existing leadership standards and frameworksWide consultation process across all school sectors, institutes and professional associationsEngagement of International Advisory PanelIncluded feedback on draft standard from stakeholdersRoad tested standard through pilot studies nationwideApproved by Ministerial Council in July 2011.fifty sets of school leadership standards / capability frameworks in AustraliaPrincipal standard acknowledges and draws on them, doesn’t replace – sits above as meta standardPrincipal standard is the first nationally agreed standard for Australian principalsvision of our team to have the Standard used in every school across the countryIt is important to note that, unlike the National Professional Standards for Teachers, the Principal Standard is an invitational document only, and is not mandatory.It is also one Standard, a stake in the ground, that denotes high quality leadership. It does not deliberate on a developing set of skills, like the Teacher Standards, which are represented as four levels: G, P, HA, L. It is deliberately one Standard designed for aspirational and continuous improvement and reflection
4Context: School, sector, community: socio-economic, geographic: and education systems at local, regional, national and global levelsThe standard for principals : The role in actionLeadership requirementsProfessional practicesVision and valuesKnowledgeand understandingPersonal qualities, social and interpersonal skillsHigh quality learning, teaching and schoolingSuccessful learners, confident creative individuals and active informed citizens*Leading teaching and learningDeveloping self and othersLeading improvement, innovation and changeThe Principal Standard is based on three leadership requirements:vision and valuesknowledge and understandingpersonal qualities and social and interpersonal skillsThese requirements are enacted through five key professional practices:leading teaching and learningdeveloping self and othersleading improvement, innovation and changeleading the management of the schoolengaging and working with the communityThe Principal Standard is a purposefully integrated model with no hierarchy intended.Leading the management of the schoolEngaging and working with the community
5How is the Standard being used? problem solveinform strategic planningself reflectidentify professional learningcoachcommunicate the roleprepare for new opportunitiesas an element of professional appraisalattract, develop and supportThe crucial role of the principalThe Standard sets out what principals are expected to know, understand and do to achieve excellence in their work.It takes full account of the crucial contribution made by principals in:raising student achievement at all levels and all stagespromoting equity and excellencecreating and sustaining the conditions under which quality teaching and learning thriveinfluencing, developing and delivering community expectations and government policycontributing to the development of a 21st century education system at local, national and international levels.The standard is being used to:as a problem solving and strategic planning frameworkas a tool for self reflectionto identify and plan professional development opportunitiesas a framework for professional learningto coach middle and senior managersto communicate the role to staff, parents and governing bodiesto prepare for new leadership opportunitiesas one element of professional appraisalto attract, develop and support principalsto guide the management of self and others
6Unpacking the Standard activities Watch the video that introduces the StandardVideos can be found at:orThese resources can be found on the AITSL website: and have been designed to support principals / school leaders to engage with and develop their understanding of the Principal Standard
7Unpacking the Standard activities Using one of the resources available, work in small groups to unpack the Standard.These resources can be found on the AITSL website: and have been designed to support principals / school leaders to engage with and develop their understanding of the Principal Standard
9What is the Clearinghouse? The School Leadership Clearinghouse is an up-to-date repository of research and best-practice in the field of school leadership.It provides:access to the latest research and evidence in school leadershipthe ability to share resources and information via the Community Resources databaseThe School Leadership Clearinghouse is an up-to-date repository of research and best-practice in the field of school leadership, designed to support the learning and growth of leaders in Australian schools.The Clearinghouse has been designed to enhance the leadership capacity of aspiring, emerging, practising and experienced school leaders in Australia by providing:access to the latest research and evidence in school leadershipthe ability to share resources and information via the Community Resources databaseIt features a Research Repository and a Community Resources database.Originally launched in July 2011, the Clearinghouse has now been re-developed to improve functionality and usability.New features:guided searching and browsingrelevant research linked to NPSPtopical monthly Reading Listsunlicensed or ‘free’ resources taggedsocial media widgetslogin only to save a search or leave a comment
12What is the 360o Reflection Tool? describes 15 attributes evident in the behaviours of high performing school leadersconnects school leaders with the Standardprovides formative feedback on the leadership behaviours they exhibit.The 360o Reflection Tool is a resource that provides principals and school leaders the opportunity to connect with the Principal Standard and gather formative feedback on the leadership behaviours they exhibit in their daily work.
13360o Reflection Tool Attributes Model The 360 Reflection Tool is a magnification or a deeper study of the Principal Standard.We have in effect, zoomed in on the Principal Standard and focussed on the intersection of each of the leadership requirements and the professional practices.At these intersections we have, with the help of the profession, determined 15 attributes which in turn, support the nature of the Principal Standard integrated model.Each attribute is supported by a series of observable behaviours that high performing principals exhibit in their daily work.
14What can the 360o Reflection Tool be used for? monitoring changelearning more about their strengthsexploring opportunities for improvementgathering feedbackdeveloping an action planplanning professional learningan element of professional appraisal.The 360o Reflection Tool will provide principals opportunity to:reflect on their leadership capacitymonitor change in their leadership behaviour and actionslearn more about their strengthsbetter understand and explore opportunities for improvementgather critical feedback on their performanceuse that feedback to reflect on their leadership and develop a leadership action planuse the feedback as one element of their professional appraisalplan professional learning and development opportunities for themselves.
15Engaging with the 360o Reflection Tool Ensuring everyone has a copy of the:attribute cardsstimulus question cards360° Reflection Tool Attribute ModelPick an activity from the “engaging with the 360º Reflection Tool activities” sheet and undertake either individually or in a small group.These resources can be found on the AITSL website: and are best used by the principal / school leader and members of the school community, in preparation for the principal / school leader to seek 360° feedback on their leadership capacity.The resources can be used to stimulate discussion regarding the attributes and behaviours of the 360° Reflection Tool in relation to the Principal Standard.Select from the activities provided or create your own.
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