Principal Facilitators

This page outlines the role and application process for becoming a Principal Facilitator for the Senior Leadership - Aspiring Principals Leadership Program. It also provides feedback from the three selection processes that have already occurred for the role.

Experienced principals interested in becoming facilitators are encouraged to submit an Expression of Interest. EOIs for 2022 close 5pm Monday 28 February.

What is the commitment of Principal Facilitators?

Successful applicants will be notified by email in mid-March 2022. Applicants must be available to attend online training on Tuesday 29 March 2022.

In addition, successful applicants are required to:

  • Engage in on-line learning activities as part of the training and preparation for each session
  • Facilitate Professional Learning Teams of approximately 1:5 ratio with ongoing communication.

What is the role of Principal Facilitators?

  • Support the learning of aspiring leaders through small group facilitation and individual guidance
  • Participate in quality professional learning delivered by experts in leadership development
  • Examine research regarding adult learning and effective collaborative professional learning
  • Engage in collaborative networks with other school leaders, system leaders and university partners.

Applying to be a Principal Facilitator

In addition to completing an EOI, applicants are required to provide a one-page career history, plus a one-page written response addressing the following criteria:

  1. Demonstrated knowledge and capacity to facilitate the leadership development of colleagues.
  2. Demonstrated contribution to, and impact on the learning of others beyond the school within the NSW public education.

Step-by-step advice on how to submit supporting criteria via Google Drive can be found on the SLI website.

Applicants will need to discuss their EOI with their DEL prior to submitting an application. DELs may be called as referees.

A panel consisting of an Executive Director; Director, Educational Leadership; Director, School Leadership Institute and a current primary and secondary principal will assess applications and make recommendations.

Qualities of an effective Principal Facilitator

Highly effective Principal Facilitators have a genuine interest in developing others by being good listeners who can set aside their own beliefs and biographies. They value experience, ideas and opinions of others and can respectfully challenge ideas by exploring and surfacing assumptions. They are skilled at guiding others to set achievable and realistic goals and actively seek feedback about their own facilitation.

Attributes of successful applicants

All applications were assessed by a panel of experienced principals representing the NSW Primary Principals Association and the NSW Secondary Principals Council; and representatives from the School Operations and Performance Division, including a Director, Educational Leadership and an Executive Director, School Performance.

Successful applicants showed a deep understanding of the impact of their leadership on teacher and student learning. This was demonstrated in a variety of ways, including specific examples of strategic, evidence-informed processes and strategies that focus on how practices are linked to sustained impact on student learning outcomes. A systematic, comprehensive approach to evaluating and measuring impact of their educational leadership was a feature of these applications.

These applicants were knowledgeable about current research informing best practice in facilitating the leadership development of colleagues. They clearly linked this research with their own practice and demonstrated a differentiated approach to supporting leadership development commensurate with the individual needs of their staff.

Successful applicants also shared deep insights about their interpersonal qualities that support the growth of teacher leaders. They demonstrated a practice of seeking, analysing and acting on feedback and described how this practice has impacted their own learning and supported the learning of others.

System leadership was clearly demonstrated with examples of the impact of their significant contribution and commitment to the learning of teachers and leaders beyond their individual setting in the NSW public education system.


Course costs, including accommodation and travel for eligible candidates, will be fully funded by the School Leadership Institute. Principal Facilitators for the SL-APLP will receive $5000 in their school account to support their involvement.

To find out more about how the role of Principal Facilitator can deepen your leadership practice and contribute to leadership capacity across the system, read our Principal Facilitator stories.

More information is available via the Principal Facilitator brochure, or contact the School Leadership Institute at

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