The Local Schools, Local Decisions reform recognised that school leaders are experts who are best placed to make contextual decisions for their students and communities. While the reforms enabled many schools to address local needs more effectively, it did not lead to improved results across our system.

Research shows we needed to set clear parameters around decision-making as well as expectations for schools and the system. We need to improve the support we offer schools to lift capability, while freeing up time for schools to focus on teaching, learning and leading. We have consulted widely to develop an evidence-based approach to tailor the support schools need to drive student outcomes.

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