Leadership for Learning Frameworks

The School Leadership Institute (SLI) has developed 3 unique Leadership for Learning Frameworks to guide rigorous, evidence-informed leadership development.

About the Leadership for Learning Frameworks

The Learning for Leadership Analysis (L4LA); the Leadership for Inquiry and Innovation (L4I&I); and the Leadership Mindsets underpin all programs offered by the SLI. They can be adapted to support different stages of leadership development. This will support a systematic and coherent approach to leadership development within our schools.

The frameworks can be used individually to help leaders reflect and make decisions. Together, they help develop insights into what makes a difference to the learning of leaders, teachers, and most importantly, students.

Leadership Mindsets

The Leadership Mindsets framework has been developed to help frame leaders’ thinking and influence how they perceive and process information that underpin behaviours and actions. It places students at the centre of these behaviours and actions.

The framework describes the key mindsets of leaders and the behaviours that lead from these mindsets.

Mindset definitions

Student centred

I place students at the heart of every decision.


I am committed to excellence and consider complex challenges as opportunities for new ways of thinking and improving practices.


I remain in a deep state of inquiry to seek to understand.


I regard collaborative cultures, derived from genuine, trusting relationships as key to successful teaching and learning.

Growth oriented

I continually seek to analyse the impact of my actions and act upon what I have learned.


I can make a positive difference, individually and collectively, on leading the learning of teachers and students.

Leadership for Learning Analysis

The Leadership for Learning Analysis is a leadership capability framework that is supported by a 360-degree survey, which helps give school leaders insights into their leadership practice.

It asks the leader, their supervisor, peers and teaching staff to provide feedback on how effective their leadership is based on the 5 key capability areas.

Using this capability framework for feedback and reflection helps school leaders develop a better understanding of their strengths as a leader, and where they need to focus their development.

Leadership for Innovation and Inquiry

The Leadership for Innovation and Inquiry framework helps school leaders understand the needs of their students and teachers and come up with solutions that work for their school.

It has 5 interconnected stages showing the inquiry process leaders can use to deeply investigate teaching and learning in their school, identifying issues and working to address them. It helps leaders support the leadership of inquiry, improvement and innovation in schools.

Further reading

Visit the SLI's Leadership Resources pages (available to staff only) to find out more about the leadership development programs we offer for current and aspiring leaders in NSW public schools.

More information

For more information, contact the School Leadership Institute at slicorrespondence@det.nsw.edu.au

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