Training program to upskill assistant principals

A new course focuses on developing leadership skills in schools’ senior staff.

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The largest professional learning program in Australia for assistant principals and head teachers will begin next year to build leadership excellence and help lift student outcomes across public schools.

Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said research shows that middle leaders – assistant principals and head teachers – play a crucial role in leading excellence in teaching practices and in student outcomes.

“Our new 18-month professional learning program will help middle leaders strengthen their leadership skills, develop their practice and expand their influence and impact in their classrooms and beyond,” Ms Mitchell said.

“The program is the first time a comprehensive development program for middle school leaders has been implemented across an entire public school system in Australia.

“We’ve developed this in partnership with academic experts from the University of Wollongong and the University of Newcastle. The program will be world-class and ground-breaking in the impact it will have in our schools.”

Applications for the first cohort of the Middle Leadership Development Program are now open, with the first seminar to be held in February 2022. Up to 200 middle leaders will be part of the first program and over time it will be offered to up to 500 middle leaders per intake.

Participants in the program, run by the department’s School Leadership Institute, will take part in a series of leadership conferences and online sessions, covering six learning modules, and will work in teams with the support of experienced principals and deputy principals. Middle leaders who complete the program can receive recognition of prior learning for further tertiary study.

“We have more than 10,000 assistant principals and head teachers across our system, leading learning in classrooms and leading their staff. This program will help them grow as leaders and help lift student achievement across NSW public schools,” Ms Mitchell said.

Apply now

Applications for the first cohort of the MLDP for participants and facilitators are now open and close on 8 October 2021. Find out more and apply.

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