school leadership

We asked principals if they wanted to leave their jobs. The results were devastating

By Paul Kidson

Let’s hope today is a landmark day in Australian education and we see some urgent ministerial action. The Federal Minister, Jason Clare MP, is a keynote presenter at the Australian Secondary Principals Association (ASPA) National Summit, and there will rightly be much attention given to his speech following the release last Friday, March 22, of

Leaders: Could we please just get this done quickly?

By Hugh Gundlach

Educators across all sectors are pressed for time. Here’s how we can manage one constant drain on our attention. Leaders: Make meetings meaningful. How many meetings have you attended that you can truly say were a productive use of everyone’s time and achieved their purpose? How many meetings have you run yourself that achieved their

How to lead the leaders

By Jess Harris, Susan Ledger and Fiona Longmuir

In its infancy, the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) was a male-centric organisation. At its 50th anniversary,

So much love: school leaders answered the call through COVID and bushfires. Now love’s gone

By Paul Kidson

Each year, the Australian Principal Occupational Health and Wellbeing Survey of nearly 2500 school leaders comes to similar, and disheartening, conclusions – the accumulation of demands, and generous preferring of others ahead of themselves, leaves too many school leaders languishing. And while we continue to encourage school leaders to seek help and be responsible for

Impact: how to tell your extraordinary teaching story

By Jill Willis and Leanne Crosswell

Last week John Cole noted here that the current Highly Accomplished and Lead teachers (HALT) certification process is

Why the push for tremendous teachers ground to a HALT

By John Cole

For more than five years there has been a vision to put a Highly Accredited or Lead Teacher

How the spirit of lockdown leaders prevailed in the crisis

By Fiona Longmuir

This report is from the Educational Leadership SIG Symposium – Educational Leadership in crisis across Australia and New

The invisible and invaluable work of female school principals

By Katrina MacDonald

Women are more likely to be principals in schools serving highly disadvantaged communities. This has implications in terms

How school principals respond to govt policies on NAPLAN. (Be surprised how some are resisting)

By Dr Amanda Heffernan

School principals in Australia are increasingly required to find a balance between improving student achievement on measurable outcomes (such as NAPLAN) and focusing energies on things that can’t as easily be measured; such as how well a school teaches creative and critical thinking, how it connects with its local community or how collaboratively teachers on

Three issues I have with the minister’s Gayby Baby intervention

By Nicole Mockler

Many thousands of words have been written about Education Minister, Adrian Piccoli, intervening to stop Burwood Girls High School screening the documentary film Gayby Baby in school time. As an educator and educational researcher, three important issues were raised for me. But first a quick recap of the episode. What happened The NSW Education Minister