Overview

The Leadership Standards Framework (LSF) emphasises the connections between the work of leaders and the core functions of schooling. It draws these connections in the context of the values and beliefs of the Catholic Church. It encapsulates the relationship between five guiding conceptions of leadership and areas of leadership action.

 

Guiding Conceptions

The guiding conceptions should underpin and infuse all leadership action where leaders can initiate efforts to improve school functioning and student learning opportunities.

The guiding conceptions are:

  1. Having a clear and moral purpose
  2. Relationship building
  3. Understanding and managing change
  4. Creating and sharing knowledge
  5. Ensuring coherence and alignment of structures.

The Faith Community

1.1 The Catholic identity of the school

School leaders actively and collaboratively promote, maintain and enhance the Catholic identity of the school.

1.2 Education in life and faith

School leaders actively and collaboratively promote, maintain and enhance an education in faith, and opportunities for faith development.

1.3 Celebration of life and faith

School leaders actively and collaboratively promote, maintain and enhance processes for reflection, prayer and liturgical celebration.

1.4 Action and social justice

School leaders actively and collaboratively uphold a commitment to social justice and action in the school and wider community.

A Vision for the Whole School

2.1 A vision for teaching and learning

School leaders actively and collaboratively develop and communicate a whole-school vision that is centred on the guidance and improvement of teaching and learning.

2.2 A learning culture

School leaders actively and collaboratively promote and build a culture that supports the school's vision for teaching and learning.

2.3 Policy and program development

School leaders plan, strategically and collaboratively, to develop policies and programs that support the school's vision for teaching and learning.

2.4 Teacher professionalism

School leaders actively and collaboratively build a culture that promotes teacher actions and teacher student relationships that are appropriate to the vision and mission of the Catholic school.

Teaching and Learning

3.1 A focus on student learning outcomes

School leaders actively and collaboratively advocate and ensure a teaching and learning focus on student learning outcomes.

3.2 Curriculum and assessment

School leaders actively and collaboratively develop curriculum and assessment policies and programs. They mobilise others to implement these policies.

3.3 A safe and effective environment for teaching and learning

School leaders actively and collaboratively cultivate and promote a safe and effective environment for teaching and learning.

3.4 Quality teaching

School leaders are expert teachers. They actively and collaboratively assist their colleagues to improve teaching practice.

People and Resources

4.1 Professional learning and development

School leaders are learners who actively and collaboratively encourage and support the professional learning of their colleagues.

4.2 Staff appraisal and performance review

School leaders actively and collaboratively promote, support and participate in staff appraisal and performance review programs that aim to ensure accountability and improve teaching quality.

4.3 Resources

School leaders actively and collaboratively select and organise resources to promote student learning.

4.4 Pastoral care

School leaders actively and collaboratively promote and implement the school's pastoral care policies and programs.

Community

5.1 Communication with families

School leaders actively and collaboratively encourage and facilitate effective communication with families.

5.2 Partnerships

School leaders forge partnerships with individuals and groups who can have a positive impact on students' growth and learning.

5.3 Service to the wider community

School leaders emulate the model of Jesus Christ in providing service to the wider community.

 

Leadership in Catholic Schools: Development Framework and Standards of Practice
The initiative, funded by the Australian Government Quality Teacher Programme, was developed by the Catholic Education Offices in the Archdiocese of Melbourne and the Diocese of Sale, in partnership with the Australian Council of Education Research (ACER).

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Framework Summary

View PDFA one page summary of the Guiding conceptions and leadership
actions in the five key areas.

Framework Brochure
A four page brochure outlining the main features of the Leadership Standards Framework.

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