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 5 are now open and close on 28 April 2020.

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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