Aspiring Principals Leadership Program

The Aspiring Principals Leadership Program will equip school or system leaders to lead improvement in student learning in NSW public schools.

The program is intensive, evidence-informed and action oriented. It is for leaders who are already having an impact in schools and seek to expand their influence as a principal.

Program details

This program is for leaders who:

  • are willing to commit to a challenging program
  • have demonstrated a positive impact in their current context
  • can show how the program will benefit their leadership development
  • are currently in an educational leadership position and are preparing for the principalship.

Participants in this program will improve their:

  • capacity to lead school improvement, innovation and change
  • understanding of the leadership practices that have the greatest impact on student outcomes
  • capacity to lead collaborative, evidence-informed professional learning to improve teaching and student learning
  • personal and interpersonal qualities to lead with influence
  • capacity to confidently lead the strategic organisation of the school.

To successfully complete the program, participants must:

  • deeply engage in all Leadership Seminars and inter-sessional activities
  • complete a 360 degree analysis and receive and act on feedback
  • engage in a process of iterative improvement with support and challenge of a mentor
  • lead an evidence-informed school improvement challenge
  • develop a portfolio of evidence of learning and leadership impact
  • meet the program requirements at a high standard.

How to apply

  • there is a rigorous selection process to identify participants for the program
  • complete the application form  comprising of a written response to criteria and the submission of a digital story
  • applicants require the support of their school principal/line manager to endorse their written application and digital story
  • applicants must supply the contact details of two referees (including their principal/line manager), who will attest to their leadership capacity and readiness to participate in the program
  • Directors will consult with principals/line managers to determine the suitability of applicants for the program
  • Applications for cohort 4 are now closed.

More information

Review our frequently asked questions page for more information on how to apply or email the School Leadership Institute at

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