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 course

The credential consists of 18 online modules with the following components. The modules have a minimum of three components with some having four:

  • pre-reading
  • e-learning
  • assessment
  • 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 18 modules you will be eligible to receive a certificate of completion of the NSW Public School Leadership and Management Credential.

For browser and software information, refer to system requirements (PDF 1.56MB) .

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 5 years from the date of completion of the first module. Candidates may be required to complete updates if warranted by policy changes.

Am I required to complete updated modules?

Policy changes may result in changes to credential modules. Acting, aspiring and relieving principals will be required to complete any new modules released, regardless of completion of a previous version. Principals in a substantive position who are currently completing or have completed the credential will not be required to complete new modules.

Transition process

The following table outlines the timeframe for completion of the credential.

CohortTimeframe for entry on dutyComment
12016All newly-appointed, first-time principals who enter on duty (EOD) in 2016, will complete the credential within 12 months of the credential being released or 12 months of their entry on duty date, if this date is after the release of the credential on 26 August 2016.
2Semester 1, 2017All newly-appointed, first-time principals who enter on duty (EOD) during semester 1, 2017 will complete the credential within three terms of their appointment.
3Semester 2, 2017From semester 2, 2017 applicants for their first principal position will complete the credential prior to merit selection. They will be required to upload their provisional credential certificate or final credential certificate on TALEO as part of the merit selection process.

External candidates

Candidates external to the department who are seeking to access the credential should contact leadership@det.nsw.edu.au.

Explore the credential

NSW Public School Leadership and Management Credential

Brief description of modules
CourseOutcomes

Module 1

Asset management

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.

Module 6 

Industrial relations

Candidates will develop an understanding of managing and responding to workplace issues, within an industrial context.

Module 7
Leading and managing the school 

Leading and managing the school (coming soon)

Candidates will understand the accountability of principals, aligned to the nationally agreed professional practices of principals as described in the Australian Professional Standard for Principals and the Leadership Profiles (2015).

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.

Module 9
Managing complaints

Managing complaints

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.

Module 11

Performance improvement

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
 

Procurement

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
 

School excellence

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

Candidates will be familiar with the responsibilities of the principal and some of the resources available to support school financial management practices.

Module 17
 

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.

Module 18
 

Work health and safety

Candidates will develop an understanding of key WHS information in regards to Injury Management and Return to Work.

Provisional certificate

Once you have completed all available modules and the course evaluation, ensure you download your provisional certificate.

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