The Talent Management Framework (TMF) Develop stage outlines a range of development and learning opportunities in a variety of contexts – from on-the-job to observing others, and through formal development. Where possible, individual development activities should align with:
- activities identified in the school’s Strategic Plan and Annual Implementation Plan
- specific actions the school will take to improve results against the Framework for Improving School Outcomes (FISO).
A range of opportunities are available to high potential leaders to enable them to develop their capability and realise their potential. The TMF provides a guide to explore the types of development opportunities commonly used and provides examples of what each might look like in practice. While some opportunities take high potential leaders out of the classroom or school, the majority of learning should occur on the job, and there's significant scope for schools to facilitate in-school development. High potential leaders with more limited in-school development opportunities, particularly those in remote and regional schools, should use their Communities of Practice (CoP) as a source of opportunity, support and inspiration.
There is no recipe for personal and professional development, and it's not the case that ‘more is better’. Each individual will benefit from a different mix of development opportunities, depending on their capability level, their preferred style of learning and the school environment. High potential leaders should be discerning and hone in on the specific opportunities that provide the most benefit at their particular stage of 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.