The decision to establish a Centre for School Leadership on a partnership basis between IPPN/NAPD and the DES represents a new departure and presents a unique opportunity for the development of a coherent continuum of professional development for school leaders. It is the shared objective that the Centre will become a centre of excellence for school leadership and the lead provider of supports. The CSL’s responsibility will extend across the continuum of leadership development commencing with pre appointment training through to induction of newly appointed principals to continuous professional development throughout the leader’s career. The Centre will also advise the DES on policy in this area. During the initial phase, the Centre will have a particular focus on the needs of newly appointed principals and experienced principals experiencing professional difficulty and/or challenging situations.
The vision, mission and value statements have been developed by the team following consultation with stakeholder groups and practitioners throughout the year.
Vision: Our vision is a community of school leaders, who feel supported and valued as professionals and who have access to high quality continuous professional development.
Mission: To bring our vision into reality CSL will ensure the provision of high quality professional development opportunities for aspiring and serving school leaders, thus improving the learning outcomes for school communities
Values: The Centre for school leadership’s work will be guided and informed by the values of trust, respect, collaboration, integrity, professionalism, empathy and openness.
A Steering Group (SG) which is representative of all the partners IPPN, NAPD and DES sets priorities, provides direction, support for the Centre and its Director. The role of the SG is to oversee the work of the Centre for School Leadership in the development of a coherent continuum of professional development for school leaders commencing with pre appointment training through to induction of newly appointed principals to continuous professional development throughout the leader’s career.
The responsibilities of the Steering Group include: