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New principals welcomed to leadership team

The state’s newest public school principals were today officially recognised as they started a three-day induction program to develop their leadership capability.

The 130 new principals and relieving principals, from every region in NSW, have access to 33 lectures and workshops designed to strengthen their understanding of departmental policies and key accountabilities.

Under the School Leadership Strategy for NSW public school leaders, the department has committed to quality leadership preparation and development, stronger collegial support and improved services and support to schools.

The Minister for Education, Rob Stokes, today addressed the principals and more than 40 Principals, School Leadership who coach and support them.

“It is a great honour and immense responsibility to become the leader of your school community. As principals, you are critical to shaping the future of our students,” Mr Stokes said.

“By properly preparing principals with the right knowledge, they can spend more time focusing on improving educational standards at their schools.”

All first-time principals in their first year of appointment are coached by an experienced principal. The conference provides a structured opportunity for the principals to meet their coaches.

“For decades we have seen schools adopt a student buddy strategy to great success. Having principals benefit from a similar system is great,” Mr Stokes said.

The NSW School Excellence Framework describes the principal as the key instructional leader in the school, who supports a culture of high expectations and community engagement to drive sustained and measurable school improvement.

Key elements of the School Leadership Strategy

  • An additional $50 million per year in flexible school support funding to free up principals from administrative activities so they can focus on instructional leadership
  • Creation of a new leadership institute to develop and support school leaders and those preparing to take on leadership roles
  • Coaching and mentoring for new principals and support for existing principals who request it
  • 20 scholarships a year for principals to participate in internationally renowned leadership programs
  • A new team of trained officers to remove the compliance burden from principals and undertake annual work, health and safety inspections.

The conference continues on Thursday and Friday at Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport.

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