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The report and its conclusions are based on research, national and international data and broad stakeholder consultation. The research confirms there are a small number of preparation strategies and development opportunities across Australia’s education systems and sectors that have been put in place to see that aspiring principals are well prepared for the challenging and changing school leadership role. Nevertheless, the evidence clearly indicates there is much still to be done.

The extensive research and consultation undertaken in preparing this report have led to five major recommendations for improvement in the current approach to principal preparation in Australia. These recommendations will be of use to aspirant leaders themselves as well as school systems and sectors, professional learning providers, and other groups with an interest in ensuring principals are well prepared for the responsibility of improving school and student outcomes.