Talent Management Framework

Bastow’s Talent Management Framework (TMF) provides a consistent, step-by-step approach to identify, develop and support high potential and performing leaders at individual, school and system levels.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​We encourage principals to find out more about how the TMF can be used in your school or network by contacting us at tmf@bastow.vic.edu.au​ or at (03) 8199 2900​.  ​

Growing high potential leaders

The TMF has been developed by Bastow, in consultation with teachers, principals and regional managers, as a proactive, realistic and effective way for Victorian schools to:

  • identify, develop and support high potential and high performing leaders at all levels
  • increase and sustain the supply of highly capable leaders aspiring to principalship
  • improve retention of high quality school leaders across the system.

As a system we need to grow a strong sustainable pipeline of high quality leaders to create an ongoing supply of high quality school leaders and strengthen the capability of existing school leaders to engage in school improvement.

High level overview of the TMF

The three stages of the TMF – Identify, Develop and Support –​ provide a systematic and comprehensive process with clear guidance and helpful tools.

​​A step-by-step approach

Each step and every stage of the TMF provides detailed instructions. This includes timing, who is involved, step-by-step activities and tools. These tools include templates, guides, reference cards and guidelines.

You have the flexibility to choose the steps and tools within each stage that apply best to your context and needs, and to integrate them with existing school processes. Tools that are core to the process are identified.

“It was a great framework for learning more about our leaders and the roles that may suit them. There were questions I wouldn't typically have had the opportunity or thought to ask, which were really helpful. The whole process is well thought out and logical to use. [The TMF] has helped my school to make decisions on future leadership roles in the school.” (Feedback from a participant in the TMF pilot)


The TMF resources and tools are available to all Victorian Government schools and networks through our flexible online learning platform, Bastow 307. The resources and tools include templates, orientation packs, briefing documents, case studies and draft school-wide communications.

A Bastow TMF coach will work with you to implement the process and support your team to effectively use the resources and tools.  

The first face-to-face meeting with the coach will focus on implementing the first stage of the framework – Identify. We allow approximately four weeks for you to implement the first stage with your leadership team.

The coach will then reconnect with you to debrief the Identify stage and to discuss the next two stages – Develop and Support. The coach is available for any queries that you may have throughout the three stage process.

​Sample timeline​

The TMF is designed to be run on an annual basis. You can start the process at any time in the calendar year to integrate with existing annual planning, budgeting, recruitment and other operating processes.

The TMF is also designed to align with the current Performance and Development Plan (PDP) process and support richer development conversations for individuals with high potential.

Time commitment for the Identify stage

The activities in each stage are designed to be simple to use and not time-intensive. Activities are typically 30 minutes to 1 hour long. Progress reviews are scheduled every six months.

The table below indicates the time commitment for Identify - the first stage in the TMF process. The time commitment for the Develop and Support stages will vary for each participant.

Step 1: PreparationBefore starting the identification process1 hourLeadership team and key staff
Step 2: Initial identificationAt a suitable time in the school year, e.g. July-September1 hourLeadership team and key staff
Step 3: Nomination reviewAfter the initial identification process5-10 minutes for each identified individualNomination Review meeting attendees
Step 4a: High potential confirmationAfter the Nomination Review meeting30-60 minutes face-to-face meeting

15 minutes preparation from the lead mentor (per individual)
Lead Mentor

Identified high potential leader
Step 4b: Nomination feedbackAfter the Nomination Review meeting30-60 minutes face-to-face meeting

15 minutes preparation from the lead mentor (per individual)
School principal (or delegate)

Identified high potential leader
Step 5: Progress review6 months after the identification process, or during PDP review discussions5-10 minutes per individualNomination Review meeting attendees

Development opportunities 

The TMF Develop stage outlines a range of development and learning opportunities in a variety of contexts – on the job, from observing others, and through formal development.

Bastow offers programs and courses that provide focused formal development opportunities in educational leadership and at every career stage, including:

  • Self-leadership and emergent leadership: 'Leading' courses to develop leadership skills and deepen understanding of the drivers of improved school performance, including Leading Literacy. It also includes programs with an opportunity to develop and apply leadership capabilities to a current or impending leadership position, including Inspire: Local Leaders and Impact: Emerging Leaders.
  • Team leadership: Courses designed for team leaders and leadership teams to focus on enhancing the school’s professional learning culture, including Create: Middle Leaders; and programs for aspiring principals to prepare for their first principal appointment, lead improvement, innovation and change, school management and community engagement, including UP: Principal Preparation.
  • School leadership: Courses that focus on supporting and developing assistant principals, aspiring principals, and new and early stage principals to transition into their new role and build capacity to be an effective leader in the school community, including Master of Leadership program and Evolve: New Principals.
  • System leadership: Designed to support experienced principals, principals who work across the system to improve other schools as well as their own, network chairs, SEILs and network executives, including Wise: System Leaders.

See our Professional Learning Catalogue for more information on our courses.