Why a Principal Standard?

Principals are leading educational professionals. They inspire students, staff and community members to continuously enhance learning. The Principal Standard promotes a shared vision for effective and impactful school leadership, so principals and school leaders can continually strive to understand and improve their impact.

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How the Principal Standard was developed?

The Principal Standard emerged from an intensive and collaborative process involving national and international research, critical review and feedback from over 550 stakeholders. The Principal Standard was developed in collaboration with UK expert, Dame Patricia ‘Pat’ Collarbone.

In 2011, AITSL partnered with nine organisations to test the Standard nationally through ten pilot studies.

Australian Council for Educational Leaders
Australian Council for Educational Research
Charles Darwin University, Centre for School Leadership, Learning and Development
New South Wales Department of Education and Communities
Principals Australia Institute
Rural Education Forum Australia
South Australian Department of Education and Children’s Services
Tasmanian Department of Education
Western Australia Department of Education