NSW Public School Leadership and Management Credential
The NSW Public School Leadership and Management Credential forms an important element of the School Leadership Strategy 2015 (PDF 98KB). It is recognised that newly-appointed, first-time principals benefit from developing a set of consistent skills, knowledge and understanding in order to effectively lead and manage their schools. All newly-appointed, first-time principals in NSW public schools will be required to attain the credential. The credential will assist school leaders to meet their accountabilities in regard to departmental policies, processes and procedures.
The credential consists of 19 online modules with the following components. The modules have a minimum of three components with some having four:
- recommended further reading (optional)
Candidates will be required to read the pre-reading and e-learning material before attempting the assessment. After the pre-reading, each module will take up to two hours to complete. Upon completion of all 19 modules, you are eligible to receive a certificate of completion of the NSW Public School Leadership and Management Credential.
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How is it assessed?
Candidates are required to achieve 100% in the assessment for every module in order to be awarded the credential. The assessment is open-book and the candidates may have multiple attempts at the assessment. The assessment must be completed individually. There is no lock-out period for multiple attempts at the assessment. The credential remains valid for five years from the date of completion of the first module. Candidates may be required to complete updates if warranted by policy changes.
Candidates external to the department who are seeking to access the credential should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Explore the credential
Candidates will be familiar with the resources available and the required procedures to effectively manage school assets.
Module 2 |
Core legal issues
Candidates will learn about common legal issues that are encountered by schools and principals.
Module 3 |
Developing self and others
Candidates will learn about building a collaborative professional learning community that is focused on the continuous improvement of teaching and learning underpinned by the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. The content of this module is drawn from ‘Developing Self and Others' which is a professional practice of the Australian Professional Standard for Principals and the Leadership Profiles (2015).
Module 4 |
Engaging and working with the community
Candidates will develop a deeper understanding of the clear communication strategies which lead to improved parental and community engagement, enhanced staff morale and positive consultative decision-making.
Module 5 |
Ethical decision making
Candidates will develop an understanding of ethical leadership and management practice.
Candidates will develop an understanding of managing and responding to workplace issues, within an industrial context.
Leading and managing the school (under review)
Module 8 |
Leading teaching and learning
Candidates will develop an understanding of how to lead evidence-based teaching and learning. They will see how leading teaching is located within the School Excellence Framework and research literature. They will also be able to learn from a high value-add (HVA, CESE 2015) school case study.
Candidates will develop their knowledge and understanding of what constitutes a complaint, how to manage a complaint and what their responsibilities are so that complaints can be managed effectively.
Module 10 |
Performance and development
Candidates will understand how to promote and lead a collaborative and supportive culture in their workplace, meet the requirements of the NSW Department of Education Performance and Development Framework and ensure access to quality professional learning for all teachers.
Candidates will understand performance management, procedures for implementing improvement programs and the leadership skills required to do so effectively.
Module 12 |
Policy implementation and monitoring
Candidates will develop a clearer understanding of what the principal must know and do to align management procedures, processes and policy implementation.
Module 13 |
Candidates will learn how to procure goods and services on behalf of the school, in compliance with the NSW Government and NSW Department of Education Procurement Policy.
Module 14 |
Candidates will develop their understanding of leading school planning and annual reporting. They will understand school self-assessment, external validation, the School Excellence Policy and school development reviews.
Module 15 |
Staffing in NSW Public Schools
Candidates will be supported to better understand the fundamentals of workforce planning including their legal and ethical responsibilities in managing staffing entitlement including enrolment practices for staffing and the recruitment of permanent, temporary and casual staff.
Module 16 |
Strategic financial management (under review)
Candidates will be familiar with the responsibilities of the principal and some of the resources available to support school financial management practices.
Wellbeing for learning
Candidates will build their knowledge of the NSW Department of Education Wellbeing Framework for Schools and be provided with information and advice about key related policies and good practice to support the wellbeing needs of all students in their school.
Work health and safety
Candidates will develop an understanding of key WHS information in regards to Injury Management and Return to Work.
Leading for Teacher Quality
Candidates will develop knowledge and understanding about how to connect with quality professional learning practices and resources and in-school action to support the development and growth of expert teachers.