Talent Management Framework

A consistent, step-by-step approach to identify, develop and support high potential and performing leaders.

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 on (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.

The TMF allows you to consider a vast array of leadership qualities … some which may not have been considered before for particular individuals … it is transparent and gives you confidence when making decisions. (Pitsa Binnion, Principal, McKinnon Secondary College​​​)

High level overview of the TMF

The 3 stages of the TMF – Identify, Develop and Support –​ provide a systematic and comprehensive process with clear guidance and helpful tools. ​

Diagram of the three stages of the Talent Management Framework

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.

A step-by-step approach to talent management diagram.

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 4 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 2 stages – Develop and Support. The coach is available for any queries that you may have throughout the 3-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.

Overview of the annual cycle of the Talent Management Framework

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 6 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: Preparation Before starting the identification process 1 hour Leadership team and key staff
Step 2: Initial identification At a suitable time in the school year, e.g. July-September 1 hour Leadership team and key staff
Step 3: Nomination review After the initial identification process 5-10 minutes for each identified individual Nomination Review meeting attendees
Step 4a: High potential confirmation After the Nomination Review meeting 30-60 minutes face-to-face meeting

15 minutes preparation from the lead mentor (per individual)

Lead Mentor

Identified high potential leader

Step 4b: Nomination feedback After the Nomination Review meeting 30-60 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 review 6 months after the identification process, or during PDP review discussions 5-10 minutes per individual Nomination 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 future
  • 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 Unlocking Potential: 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.
TMF and overlap with Bastow offerings