Labor commits to academy for principals

Labor’s Tanya Plibersek promises that in government there will be a “principals’ academy.” “We want to help principals be the best they can be,” the shadow education minister says.

“Not enough principals are receiving the specialised training they need.  Fewer than one in four new principals complete training before they start,” Ms Plibersek adds.

The academy, will offer “standalone” subjects and programmes over a “couple of years” and “organisations with a proven track record in school leadership education” will be allowed to tender to deliver them. Presumably like Monash UU TasmaniaAustralian Catholic UU Notre Dame (Freemantle), UNSWQUT and CSU which all offer, or recently have, principal prep programmes (CMM July 28 2015).

People can already become w  certified practicing principals, a programme now managed by the Australian Council of Educational Research. The CCP is based on principals demonstrating they are “implementing practices” set out in the Australian Professional Standard for Principals.


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