About the Institute

In a media release (PDF 133 KB), Minister Rob Stokes said the rationale behind the School Leadership Strategy (2017) (PDF 95.94KB) was to focus on principals as educational leaders. The School Leadership Institute was created as part of this strategy. It is responsible for ensuring ongoing investment in current and future school leaders at key points in their career. It will offer world-class, innovative, evidence-informed, future-focused leadership programs so that our school leaders can focus on the learning of both teachers and students in their schools.

Investing in leadership at all phases of a school leader's career will make a substantial difference to the quality of teaching and therefore the quality of student learning.

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Joanne Jarvis, Director, School Leadership Institute

Joanne Jarvis standing in front of a School Leadership Institute banner
Image: Joanne Jarvis, Director, School Leadership Institute

Joanne Jarvis has been an active contributor to the professional learning of teachers and school leaders throughout NSW over an extensive period of time. Her leadership of professional learning in effective leadership, curriculum and formative assessment has resulted in positive evaluations across NSW.

Joanne has a strong background in curriculum development and school leadership and has been a NSW secondary school principal for 14 years. Joanne is a member of the executive of the NSW Australian Council of Educational Leadership (ACEL). She is a NSW Fellow of ACEL and in 2017, she was honoured to be conferred as a national Fellow of ACEL.

School Leadership Advisory Board

The School Leadership Institute Advisory Board provides independent expert advice to guide the activities of the School Leadership Institute. The department has engaged Emeritus Professor of Education Bill Louden from the University of Western Australia to chair the Board. Ann McIntyre and Dr Simon Breakspear have joined the Board as international experts in leadership development, in addition to representatives from stakeholder groups, who will provide valuable insights regarding the needs of school leaders.

For detailed information on members visit School Leadership Institute Advisory Board.


The School Leadership Institute publishes newsletters which outline upcoming programs and contain information relating to the services the Institute provides to current and future school leaders in the public school sphere.

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