Research indicates that student outcomes cannot be improved without highly capable leaders, as there is a direct link between school leadership and standards of student attainment (Barber, Whelan & Clark 2010).
Despite widespread understanding of the importance of leadership, the education system has generally relied on passive approaches to identifying those with high potential for leadership. Now, more than ever, there is a critical need for Victorian schools to identify, develop and support the next generation of high performing school leaders.
As a result of this identified need, Bastow, in consultation with principals and regional managers, has developed a framework to identify, develop and support individuals with high potential for leadership. The framework is fit-for-purpose for the Victorian government school education context to deliver positive outcomes for the system, schools and individuals. It will:
- build a larger supply of highly capable leaders
- increase the pool of job-ready school leaders across all levels
- create sustained support and management of high potentials to generate passion for leadership and assist with retention of high quality school leaders.
The framework uses a three-stage dynamic approach to identify, develop and support individuals with high potential for leadership. A high level overview of the framework is outlined in Figure 1 below.
Figure 1: Growing High Potential Leaders Framework
Each stage is supported by a range of simple tools and clear process guidelines, which provide leaders with a step-by-step approach that they can use in their school. These tools are currently being developed and tested.
If you would like to know more about the Growing High Potential Leaders Framework or be involved in piloting the tools, contact Meg Clarke on 8199 2964.