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  1. 1. Domain Technical Topic: Understanding the Risk Management FrameworkKnowledge AreaManaging RiskOverview The standard approach to proactive management of risks and opportunities can greatly help your school to improve decisions and outcomes as well as prioritise resources. Management of risk is everyone’s responsibility. As principal, you have overall and specific responsibilities detailed in the DEECD Risk Managementpolicy. The risk management processdetails the seven steps to effective risk management. The process and DEECD risk management guidelines and tools can be accessed throughedugate. As principal, your role is to lead the school in identifying and assessing risks, managing risk to acceptable levels and promoting effective risk managementWhere will you find the There are two key documents to assist you in managing risk in yourcrucial information? school. They are:Key Links Enhanced Risk Management Framework Risk Management in Schools Information is also available through the School Policy and Advisory Guide (SPAG) School Policy & Advisory Guide and through edugate here: https://edugate.eduweb.vic.gov.au/Services/Policies/RiskManagement/Pages/Home.aspxKey Contacts Tim Crawford 96373881crawford.tim.g@edumail.vic.gov.au
  2. 2. Domain Technical Topic:Planning for Overseas TravelKnowledge AreaManaging RiskOverview Overseas travel can greatly contribute to curriculum and educational outcomes but also poses risks not normally encountered or considered. Appropriate planning is essential to gain approval but more importantly to maximise the chances of safely achieving the desired outcomes. Schools are required to follow the Department’s guidelines and school excursion policies in planning, conducting and approving excursions Overseas travel requires the approval of the School Council and Regional Director (for staff) seeSafety Guidelines for Education Outdoors and the Overseas travel policy. Overseas travel requirements include the requirement to comply with DFAT travel advice Principals, in assuming ultimate responsibility for the conduct of all excursions, need to have a sound understanding of the Department’s guidelines and school excursion policies in planning conducting and approving excursions, need to make themselves aware of any DFAT travel advice, ensure the undertaking of a risk assessment. Subscribing to ‘smartraveller’ whilst the travelling party is overseas will assist the principal in monitoring progress and any changed circumstances.Where will you find the The Overseas travel guide and sample risk register can be accessed throughcrucial information? the Risk Management in Education Outdoorsedugate siteKey Links DFAT travel advice can be accessed at http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/ The overarching excursions policy can be found here: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/management/governance/spag/safety/excursions/default.htm The link to edugate is: https://edugate.eduweb.vic.gov.au/Services/ Policies/RiskManagement/Pages/Risk- Management-in-Outdoor-Education.aspxKey Contacts Tim Crawford, 96373881 crawford.tim.g@edumail.vic.gov.au
  3. 3. Domain Technical Topic:Planning for Outdoor EducationKnowledge AreaManaging RiskOverview An excursion is an activity organised by a school (not including work experience) during which students leave the school grounds to engage in educational activities (including camps and sport). Adventure activities are included in this definition (regardless of whether they occur outside the school grounds or not). Schools are required to follow the Department’s guidelines and school excursion policies in planning, conducting and approving excursions. The DEECD risk management process has been mandated for use in managing any risks, including those associated with Outdoor Education. Principals ensure that any risks are identified and managed. Excursions require appropriate approval, including that of the school council in some instances. The Planning and Approval Process outlines these. As principal, you assume ultimate responsibility for the conduct of all excursions so you need to ensure that excursions are planned and conducted in accordance with the Department’s policies and guidelines.Where will you find the The overarching excursions policy can be found here:crucial information? http://www.education.vic.gov.au/management/governance/spag/safety/excurs ions/default.htmLinks Adventure activity policy can be found here: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/management/governance/spag/safety/excurs ions/adventure.htm Risk management policy, process and guidelines can be found here: https://edugate.eduweb.vic.gov.au/Services/Policies/RiskManagement/Pages /Home.aspx https://edugate.eduweb.vic.gov.au/Services/Policies/RiskManagement/Pages /Risk-Management-in-Outdoor-Education.aspx Another relevant link is: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/management/schooloperations/edoutdoors/d efault.htmKey Contacts Risk Management Contact: Tim Crawford, 96373881, crawford.tim.g@edumail.vic.gov.au
  4. 4. Domain Technical Topic:Eliminating Fraud and CorruptionKnowledge AreaManaging RiskOverview The School Council, on behalf of the Minister for Education and the public, entrusts school employees to utilise public monies and resources for educational purposes and to carry out their tasks honestly and ethically. As a principal, you are the executive officers of your school council and, as such, you have a specific governance role to manage school resources effectively and efficiently on behalf of the school council and in line with the council decisions. You can demonstrate your accountability to the council by creating an effective internal control environment and by reducing the opportunities for fraud by developing and encouraging capable guardians of public funds. DEECD has a Fraud and Corruption Control Framework which includes policy and procedures. You are encouraged to become familiar with this framework and fraud incident reporting procedures. If you suspect a fraud is occurring involving management, employees, contractors and other external parties such as suppliers, you must report the matter to: your Manager or Principal; and/or directly to the Executive Director, Audit and Risk Division(ARD ) (telephone 9637 3158 or email fraud.control@edumail.vic.gov.au; or In some circumstances you may consider confidential reporting arrangements under the Whistleblower Protection Act 2001 by contacting the Protected Disclosure Coordinator (telephone 9637 3535 or email twisse.colin.c@edumail.vic.gov.au).Where will you find thecrucial information? The DEECD Fraud control website is here:Links https://edugate.eduweb.vic.gov.au/Services/Policies/Pages/Fraud.aspxKey Contacts BandaraBandaranayake, Fraud Control Officer 9637 3669 Bandaranayake.bandara.b@edumail.vic.gov.au
  5. 5. Domain Technical Topic:Accessing the School Management Calendar / PlannerKnowledge AreaManaging Key ProjectsOverview Projects are different to normal school operations or ‘business as usual’. A project introduces change, has a defined start and end dates and is established to deliver some specific product or service. Without an understanding of good project management principles and your role as a Project Sponsor, there is a high risk that the project you are undertaking and the change you are attempting may ultimately fail. DEECD has a Project Management Framework (PMF) which outlines the minimum standards for all projects. The PMF includes an easy-to-use methodology with supporting templates.Where will you find the Website: Projects @ DEECDcrucial information? You can access an overview of the PMF here:Links https://edugate.eduweb.vic.gov.au/Services/Projects/Pages/Overview.aspx The Project Management Framework (PMF), with supporting templates, is available here: https://edugate.eduweb.vic.gov.au/Services/Projects/Methodology/Pages/default.aspx The Department has a 2-day Managing Projects @ DEECD program. Consider attending if your new to project management. Click here to access upcoming dates and the registration form: https://edugate.eduweb.vic.gov.au/Services/Projects/training/Pages/ManagingProjects@DEECD.aspxKey Contacts The Project Management Unit (PMU) offers assistance should you require our expertise. We match our services to your needs. Please contact one of us to begin the conversation: Thai Ngân, Manager PMU (ngan.thai.t@edumail.vic.gov.au) Gill Gannon, Project Officer (gannon.gill.a@edumail.vic.gov.au) Department of Education & Early Childhood Development Ground Floor, 2 Treasury Place East Melbourne Phone: (03) 9637 2535 | Fax: (03) 9637 2890
  6. 6. Domain Technical Topic: Sponsoring a ProjectKnowledge AreaManaging Key ProjectsOverview Projects are different to normal school operations or ‘business as usual’. A project introduces change, has a defined start and end dates and is established to deliver some specific product or service. Without an understanding of good project management principles and your role as a Project Sponsor, there is a high risk that the project you are undertaking and the change you are attempting may ultimately fail. DEECD has a Project Management Framework (PMF) which outlines the minimum standards for all projects. The PMF includes an easy-to-use methodology with supporting templates.Where will you find the Website: Projects @ DEECDcrucial information? You can access an overview of the PMF here:Links https://edugate.eduweb.vic.gov.au/Services/Projects/Pages/Overview.aspx The Project Management Framework (PMF), with supporting templates, is available here: https://edugate.eduweb.vic.gov.au/Services/Projects/Methodology/Pages/default.aspx The Department has a 2-day Managing Projects @ DEECD program. Consider attending if your new to project management. Click here to access upcoming dates and the registration form: https://edugate.eduweb.vic.gov.au/Services/Projects/training/Pages/ManagingProjects@DEECD.aspxKey Contacts The Project Management Unit (PMU) offers assistance should you require our expertise. We match our services to your needs. Please contact one of us to begin the conversation: Thai Ngân, Manager PMU (ngan.thai.t@edumail.vic.gov.au) Gill Gannon, Project Officer (gannon.gill.a@edumail.vic.gov.au) Department of Education & Early Childhood Development Ground Floor, 2 Treasury Place East Melbourne Phone: (03) 9637 2535 | Fax: (03) 9637 2890
  7. 7. Domain Human Topic:Dealing with complaints, misconduct and unsatisfactoryKnowledge Area performance.Leading staff performance anddevelopment.Overview Effective and consistent management of misconduct and poor performance in schools is critical for the promotion of safe and supportive work environments and to ensure improved outcomes for students. The management of complaints against staff can be complicated and often requires decision making which takes account of the competing interests of a number of parties. Managing misconduct and poor performance in accordance with the Department’s Guidelines helps principals maintain a consistent, fair and effective process. As principal you need to be familiar with the Managing Complaints, Unsatisfactory Performance and Misconduct Guidelines and to have a sound working knowledge of the performance standards applying to teachers and education support staff across all levels. You need to ensure that a robust performance management system is in place to measure teacher and education support staff performance against these performance standards. Taking action in a timely manner in response to any concerns about the conduct or performance of teachers and education support staff is essential.Where will you find the crucial HR Web is the main source of information for managing complaints,information? misconduct and unsatisfactory performance. Information on managing complaints, unsatisfactory performance and misconduct is here:Links http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/workm/Pages/conduct.aspx The Guidelines for Managing Complaints, Unsatisfactory Performance and Misconduct for Teaching Service members can be found here: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/Documents/Complaints_Misconduct_and_Unsati sfactory_Performance.pdf The Performance and Development Guide for the Teacher Class is at: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/Documents/Teacher-Performance-and- Devlopment-Guide.pdf -- and for the Education Support Class look here: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/Documents/ESC-Performance-and- Development-Guide.pdf The Industrial Agreements that cover all of these are found here: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/employcond/Pages/certagree_SchBased.aspxKey Contacts Conduct and Ethics Branch, 9637 2594 Policy and Employee Relations Branch, 9637 2454
  8. 8. Domain Human Topic Recruiting and Selecting your staff.Knowledge AreaManaging your School’sWorkforceOverview The recruitment and selection process is vital to the effective running of each school. Excellent service delivery in education can only happen when the right people are attracted, recruited, and supported in their jobs. Principals need to be aware of their legal obligations when recruiting and selecting staff, as well as the consultation obligations under the Victorian Government Schools Agreement 2008 and the Victorian Government Schools – School Service Officers Agreement 2004 as varied 2008, in respect to the workforce planning of the school. The public sector values and employment principles require that appointments be made based on merit, and that all applicants are treated equitably. To ensure compliance with these principles and obligations, Principals need to familiarize themselves with the relevant legislation and policy. Failure to properly adhere to legislative requirements, Department policy or the industrial agreements could lead to grievances being lodged at the Merit Protection Board, Fair Work Australia or other relevant industrial avenues. The Recruitment in Schools Guide - provides guidance on proper employment practices, composition of selection panels, management of the excess process and retrenchment processes. It is important that principals understand what delegated powers they have and what decisions remain with the Secretary or other delegates. As principal you are strongly encouraged to should review your school’s workforce plan to identify current and future employment needs. Keep in mind that the Department has a range of scholarship and incentive programs to attract high quality applicants.Where will you find the crucial HR Web policy site contains all of the relevant policy documents, and linksinformation? to the relevant legislation.Links http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/Pages/default.aspx The Schools Recruitment Page is here: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/careers/Pages/recruitinsch.aspx For the Recruitment in Schools Guide look here: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/Documents/Schools_recruitment.pdf There is also a Recruitment online Help Manual for schools/recruiters: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/careers/Pages/rol_help_recruiter.aspx If you are looking for information on Scholarships and Incentives, look here:
  9. 9. http://www.education.vic.gov.au/careers/teaching/incentives/default.htm For the relevant legislation, Ministerial Orders, delegations and Industrial Agreements: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/employcond/Pages/legemplTS.aspx http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/employcond/Pages/tso.aspx http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/Pages/resources/deleg.aspx http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/employcond/Pages/certagree_SchBased.aspxKey Contacts Schools Recruitment Unit, 1800 641 943 Policy and Employee Relations Branch, 03 9637 2454
  10. 10. Domain Human Topic Understanding The Occupational Health And Safety Management System Including ‘edusafe’Knowledge AreaManaging your School’sWorkforceOverview The Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004imposes legal obligations on employers to maintain healthy and safe workplaces and prevent injuries and illness. As principal you also have an obligation to provide a safe workplace that is without risks to the health of employees. The Department’s occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS) will assist you in managing OHS in your school which will contribute to: the effective engagement of employees in the management of OHS concerns in workplaces reduced workplace injuries and illnesses thus minimising adverse impacts on learning outcomes a reduction in the number and severity of WorkCover claims costs and the Department’s WorkSafe premium cost. The OHSMS comprises seven elements of which principals will need to understand: Consultation and Communication Policy and Planning OHS Risk Management First Aid and Infection Control Contractor Management Induction and Training Purchasing Principals are required to implement all elements of the OHSMS in their school and encourage employees to report incidents and hazards in eduSafe (the Department’s online incident and hazard reporting system).Where will you find the crucial The online incident and hazard reporting system - eduSafe is here:information? http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hr/ohs/edusafe.htm The DEECD OHS Management System can be found here:Links http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hr/ohs/health/default.htmKey Contacts DEECD OHS Advisory Service 1300 074 715 DEECD OHS Regional Advisors
  11. 11. Domain Human Topic Understanding The Fundamentals Of Worksafe And Return To Work ProcessesKnowledge AreaManaging your School’sWorkforceOverview The Accident Compensation Act 1985 imposes legal obligations on employers regarding the lodgement of WorkSafe claims and the return to work of injured employees.Employers have a duty of care to support an injured employee’s return to work. Our failure to facilitate the prompt return to work of injured employees increases the duration of absences, significantly increases WorkSafe claims costs and the Department’s annual WorkSafe premium cost and adversely impacts on learning outcome. As principal you need to understand the content of the DEECD Schools WorkSafe Policy Guide and the DEECD Schools WorkSafe Management Manual. It is important for you to ensure that a WorkSafe claim lodged by an employee is forwarded to the Department’s WorkSafe agent within 10 calendar days of receipt from the employee. If the employee is off work immediately commence the return to work planning process by contacting the Department’s WorkSafe Advisory Service on 9637 2441.Where will you find the crucial The key resources are the DEECD Schools WorkSafe Policy Guide and theinformation? DEECD Schools WorkSafe Management Manual available from the DEECD Health Safety and WorkSafe website at:Links http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hr/ohs/compensation/default.htmKey Contacts Mike Heffernan,heffernan.michael.p@edumail.vic.gov.au DEECD WorkSafe Advisory Service. Phone 9637 2441.
  12. 12. Domain Human Topic Supporting Career Progression In SchoolsKnowledge AreaManaging your School’sWorkforceOverview Supporting Teachers throughout their career and providing development opportunities contributes to the creation of a high quality education system. It is important that Principals understand the roles and responsibilities of staff under the relevant classification structures to ensure the proper allocation of duties and to inform the professional development discussion. Staff progression through the incremental scale is dependent on employees meeting the performance standards of the Department. As principal you need to know the roles and responsibilities of staff under the Teacher Classification Structure and the Education Support Class Classification Structure. You also need to understand the notification requirements under the Industrial Agreements in respect to incremental salary progression. A range of training courses is provided by the Department and other providers. Involvement in these will assist you in understanding the impact of career progression on your school’s workforce planning activities, particularly in respect to the budget implications. It is a good idea to regularly review the roles and responsibilities of employees in the school to ensure that they are classified correctly. It is also important to ensure that performance management processes are administered correctly and that measurements are made against the performance standards. Performance discussions should focus on the developmental goals of the employee and how they fit within the school contextWhere will you find the crucial The HR Web policy site provides links to the relevant policy topics under itsinformation? A-Z menu. http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/Pages/default.aspxLinks The Department’s Career Structure and Benefits can be found here: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/careers/teaching/careers/default.htm The Performance and Development guidelines are here: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/workm/Pages/pmgmntTS.aspx You can access the career structures for teachers and education support staff here: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/careers/Pages/teachcareerstr.aspx http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/careers/Pages/ssostruct.aspxKey Contacts Policy and Employee Relations Branch, 9637 2454 Leadership and Staff Development Unit, 9637 3321
  13. 13. Domain Educational Topic Planning For ICT In Classroom PracticeKnowledge AreaFacilitating Digital LearningOverview You and your leadership team need to consider how digital tools and resources can support and improve teaching and learning and then plan for effective implementation across your school. There are a number of elements to consider when designing an integrated approach to the use of ICT across the school. eLearning leadership, Learning, teaching, assessment and reporting, ICT professional learning, Learning places and spaces and Learning communities. Cohesion across these elements of eLearning planning will ensure that infrastructure and resources are used to optimise the benefits of ICT for learning and teaching. Use the eLearning Planning Template, Guide and Matrix to review current practice across the elements of eLearning planning and develop future plans to implement.Where will you find the crucial The School ICT Planning Guide: Advice for principals and ICT leaders isinformation? found here: https://edugate.eduweb.vic.gov.au/Services/IT/ITServices/eduSTAR/ICTPlanning/defauLinks lt.aspx Other useful links include: https://edugate.eduweb.vic.gov.au/ictplanning http://www.education.vic.gov.au/studentlearning/elearning/planning/default.htm http://epotential.education.vic.gov.au/showcase/ http://www.education.vic.gov.au/studentlearning/elearning/technology/default.htmKey Contacts epotential@edumail.vic.gov.au Lynn Davie 9637 2146 davie.lynn.e@edumail.vic.gov.au
  14. 14. Domain Educational Topic Planning ICT InfrastructureKnowledge AreaFacilitating Digital LearningOverview Technology planning refers to the informed purchase, implementation and support of ICT infrastructure, equipment and software to provide a contemporary and reliable learning environment. It is important that your school plans, reviews and updates the infrastructure needed for the effective use of ICT in everyday practices to improve learning, teaching and administration. Victorian government initiatives that support you with ICT infrastructure include the Ultranet, VicSMART wide area network, eduSTAR(internet service, wireless network, software image, technical support) and digital learning resources. A number of tools are available to assist you with technology planning including The School ICT Progression Strategy (SIPS) incorporating the school ICT inventory, and the ICT appraisal and STAR rating. You might want to read theSchool ICT Planning: Advice for principals and ICT leaders for detailed information about the preparing, planning, implementing and evaluating a school ICT strategy and also the Department ICT systems – 10 facts sheets for principals and ICT leaders.Where will you find the crucial The School ICT Planning Guide: Advice for principals and ICT leadersinformation? and Department ICT systems – 10 facts sheets for principals and ICT leaders is found here:Key Links https://edugate.eduweb.vic.gov.au/ictplanning If relevant to your school, the National Secondary School Computer Fundinformation is here: www.education.vic.gov.au/management/ictsupportservices/nsscf/default.htm For information and guidance on ICT planning, go to:https://edugate.eduweb.vic.gov.au/ictplanning and for information on eduSTAR(internet service, wireless network, software image, technical support):https://edugate.eduweb.vic.gov.au/Services/IT/ITServices/eduSTAR/Pages/ default.aspxKey Contacts Contact your Regional Service Delivery Manager for assistance. A list of regional service delivery managers can be found on eduGate at: https://edugate.eduweb.vic.gov.au/Services/IT/ITSupport/TSSP/Pages/People.aspx Service Gateway servicedesk.education.vic.gov.au Service Desk 8:00am-5:30pm week days 1800 641 943
  15. 15. Domain Educational Topic Understanding the Ultranet EssentialsKnowledge AreaFacilitating Digital LearningOverview The Ultranet is an online system, available to all government schools, to support curriculum planning, delivery and assessment and reporting. School leaders, teachers, students and parents can all access and use the Ultranet. School leaders determine their school’s plans for Ultranet implementation and can refer to the Ultranet Essentials for School Leaders document for specific roles and responsibilities and suggested ideas for implementation Principals and school leaders are required to develop an Ultranet implementation strategy. (Refer to the Ultranet Essentials for School Leaders document for detailed information).Where will you find the crucial Information on Ultranet Essentials for School Leaderscan be found here:information? http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/directions/ultranet/schools.htmKey Links www.ultranet.vic.edu.au http://epotential.education.vic.gov.au/showcase/ultranetKey Contacts Ben Cushing, 9651 3002, cushing.ben.p@edumail.vic.gov.au
  16. 16. Domain Educational Topic Understanding the Guidelines for the Program for Students with DisabilitiesKnowledge AreaLeading an Inclusive SchoolOverview The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is committed to improving the learning outcomes of all students, by acknowledging and catering for their diverse learning needs. The Program for Students with Disabilities (PSD) is a key strategy for DEECD to meet its obligations under the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act and provides over $500 million in supplementary finding to schools through their SRP. As principal, you need to be aware of the operational requirements set out in the Guidelines for the Program for Students with Disabilities Please read the Guidelines carefully and follow them when applying for support under the PSD. The aims of the Student Support Group (SSG) are to: ensure that those with the most knowledge of, and responsibility for the student, work together to establish shared goals for the students educational future plan reasonable adjustments for the student to access the curriculum provide educational planning that is ongoing throughout the students life monitor the progress of the student.Where will you find the crucial The Guidelines for the Program for Students with Disabilities areinformation? here:http://www.education.vic.gov.au/healthwellbeing/wellbeing/disability/handbook /default.htmLinks The 2005 Education Standards are here: http://www.deewr.gov.au/Schooling/Programs/Documents/Disability_Standards_for_Ed ucation_2005_pdf.pdf There are well-established guidelines for the operations of Student Support Groups. http://www.eduweb.vic.gov.au/edulibrary/public/stuman/wellbeing/2013- SSGGuidlines.pdfKey Contact Mark Tainsh, tainsh.mark.t@edumail.vic.gov.au
  17. 17. Domain Educational Topic Developing and Monitoring a Whole School Approach To Programing and Provision for Students with Special NeedsKnowledge AreaLeading an Inclusive SchoolOverview Schools are expected, as education providers, to comply with the requirements of the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) and the Disability Standards for Education 2005 (the Standards). Failure to do so exposes the Department to litigation at the state and federal level, and reputational risk. As a school principal you need to know the scope of the DDA and the requirements of the Standards upon your school and the Department as an education provider. You should be familiar with the Standards in particular. You are strongly encouraged to read the Standards and consider their relevance to the teaching and learning practices of your school. It is important that you ensure all whole school policies and practices support students with special needs covered under the Act, while making the necessary adjustments, and are consistent with the legislation.Where will you find the crucial The Disability Discrimination Act (1992) can be found here:information? http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/consol_act/dda1992264/Key Links The Disability Standards for Education (2005) are here: http://www.deewr.gov.au/Schooling/Programs/Documents/Disability_Standards_for_Ed ucation_2005_pdf.pdf The PSD Guidelines http://www.education.vic.gov.au/healthwellbeing/wellbeing/disability/default.htmKey Contacts Mark Tainsh, tainsh.mark.t@edumail.vic.gov.au
  18. 18. Domain Symbolic Topic Guiding School Council Governance, Operations And ProcessesKnowledge AreaLeading CommunitiesOverview All schools have a school council which assists in the governance of the school. A school council operates within the legal framework of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006, the Education and Training ReformRegulations 2007 and the individual school council’s constituting Order. As principal you are the executive officer of council as well as a DEECD employee member.As such youneed a working knowledge of: the legislative framework including objectives, functions, powers and limitations of school councils planning, reporting and accountability, and school council operating procedures including meetings, quorums and effective decision making how to conduct a school council election As Executive Officer, you need to ensure that: adequate and appropriate advice is provided to the school council on educational and other matters the decisions of the school council are implemented adequate support and resources are provided for the conduct of school council meetings. You are strongly encouraged to become familiar with the suite of support resources that are available.Where will you find the crucial A Model Constituting Order (PDF - 99Kb) can be found here.information? The School Policy and Advisory Guide is very helpful in this area ofLinks school operations http://www.education.vic.gov.au/management/governance/spag/governance/councils/d efault.htm Some advice of strengthening the partnership with your school council is available at: Making the Partnership Work (PDF - 625Kb). A training package for school councils has been prepared and can be accessed here: Improving School Governance- http://www.schoolgovernance.vic.edu.au/Key Contacts Maria Kellykelly.maria.e@edumail.vic.gov.au
  19. 19. Domain Symbolic Topic Establishing Key Community Partnerships and RelationshipsKnowledge AreaLeading CommunitiesOverview The learning, development, health and wellbeing of children and young people are influenced by families, school, and the broader community. Strong, strategic and sustainable education partnerships between schools and the wider community can improve learning and development outcomes for children and young people by providing them with additional opportunities, support and services. Many schools are now working with a variety of organisations to find new ways to meet student needs, while allowing teachers to focus on education. The Families as Partners in Learning(FaPiL) website is a practical resource for early childhood services and schools to build and strengthen family partnerships. The Education Partnerships Resource assists schools to work together with external organisations to provide additional support and services to children and young people. This online resource supports schools to partner with a variety of organisations from business, community, local government, early childhood and other education sectors. Assist families to become more active participants in their child’s learning, particularly learning in the home. Create, implement and grow effective education partnerships in your school. Create: Identify your school’s needs and goals. Know your school community and the types of effective and sustainable partnerships that could be established. Implement: Plan for mutually beneficial and sustainable partnerships. Provide strong leadership to create an environment that fosters collaboration and innovation. Form effective, mutually beneficial partnerships with a wide range of external organisations. Grow: Review partnerships regularly to reinvigorate its mission and identify new opportunities.Where will you find the crucial The Partnerships in Education website is at:information? http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/directions/partnerships/default.htmLinks You will find the Education Partnerships Resources at: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/directions/partnerships/resource/default.htm Learn how to engage families in education at your school through: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/directions/familiesaspartners/default.htmKey Contacts Tonia Sanft sanft.tonia.m@edumail.vic.gov.au
  20. 20. Topic Establishing Key Community Partnerships and RelationshipsOverview The learning, development, health and wellbeing of children and young people are influenced by families, school, and the broader community. Strong, strategic and sustainable education partnerships between schools and the wider community can improve learning and development outcomes for children and young people by providing them with additional opportunities, support and services. Many schools are now working with a variety of organisations to find new ways to meet student needs, while allowing teachers to focus on education. The Families as Partners in Learning(FaPiL) website is a practical resource for early childhood services and schools to build and strengthen family partnerships. The Education Partnerships Resource assists schools to work together with external organisations to provide additional support and services to children and young people. This online resource supports schools to partner with a variety of organisations from business, community, local government, early childhood and other education sectors. Assist families to become more active participants in their child’s learning, particularly learning in the home. Create, implement and grow effective education partnerships in your school. Create: Identify your school’s needs and goals. Know your school community and the types of effective and sustainable partnerships that could be established. Implement: Plan for mutually beneficial and sustainable partnerships. Provide strong leadership to create an environment that fosters collaboration and innovation. Form effective, mutually beneficial partnerships with a wide range of external organisations. Grow: Review partnerships regularly to reinvigorate its mission and identify new opportunities.Where will you find the crucial The Partnerships in Education website is at:information? http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/directions/partnerships/default.htmLinks You will find the Education Partnerships Resources at: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/directions/partnerships/resource/default.htm Learn how to engage families in education at your school through: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/directions/familiesaspartners/default.htmKey Contacts Tonia Sanft sanft.tonia.m@edumail.vic.gov.au
  21. 21. Domain Symbolic Topic Building your school as a Learning CommunityKnowledge AreaLeading CommunitiesOverview Effective leadership is seen as crucial for the establishment of a Learning Community. Sergiovanni (1992) observed that "the idea of a school as a learning community suggests a kind of connectedness among members that resembles what is found in a family, a neighborhood, or some other closely knit group, where bonds tend to be familial or even sacred.” The notion of the school as a Learning Community is where teachers engage in reflective dialogue, where there is de-privatization of practice, collective focus on student learning, collaboration, and shared norms and values. In our attempts to develop schools as Learning Communities we can all learn a lot from the Extended School Hubs Trial which is one of the initiatives within the Smarter Schools National Partnerships in Low SES School Communities aim to establish and strengthen sustainable partnerships between schools, community and business in supporting children and young people to achieve their education potential. The model being followed is to create, implement and grow effective education partnerships in schools. Create: Identify your school’s needs and goals. Know your school community and the types of effective and sustainable partnerships that could be established. Implement: Plan for mutually beneficial and sustainable partnerships. Provide strong leadership to create an environment that fosters collaboration and innovation. Form effective, mutually beneficial partnerships with a wide range of external organisations Grow: Review partnerships regularly to reinvigorate its mission and identify new opportunities.Where will you find the crucial The Partnerships in Education website is at: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/directions/partnerships/default.htminformation? The Extended School Hubs website provides an overview of the NationalLinks Partnerships Extended School Hubs field trials. Find it here: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/directions/partnerships/hubs/default.htm You will find the Education Partnerships Resources at: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/directions/partnerships/resource/default.htm Learn how to engage families in education at your school through: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/directions/familiesaspartners/default.htmKey Contacts Tonia Sanft sanft.tonia.m@edumail.vic.gov.au
  22. 22. Domain Symbolic Topic Developing shared leadership throughout your schoolKnowledge AreaDeveloping LeadersOverview The principal’s role is very complex and you are ultimately responsible for a wide range of systems, operations and practices within your school. Sharing this responsibility across the school is important for a number of reasons including building the capacity of other leaders, succession planning, managing reasonable workloads, seeking the synergies that come with collaboration and teamwork and, above all, better meeting the needs of all students. It is crucial that you know your staff. Selecting the right people for the right responsibilities will increase their knowledge and skills but will also enhance school improvement. It is also important that people know what is expected of them and have regular opportunities for receiving feedback on their work performance. Developing leaders is an important function of the school principal, as is developing a culture of distributed leadership throughout the organisation. This is more powerful and sustainable than delegation which is more about distributing tasks and functions. The developing of leaders starts with an effective induction program for all staff, role clarity for all staff members, a culture of high expectations that monitors performance and supports individual and team growth and high quality professional learning plans and processes. The Bastow Institute provides several high quality programs for school leaders. These include instructional and people leadership modules.Where will you find the The Bastow Leadership modules can be found here:crucial information? http://www.bastow.vic.edu.au/leadership- courses/LeadershipDevelopmentModules/Pages/leadership-development-modules.aspxKey links Other information on department programs and resources can be found here: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/proflearning/principal/leadershipdev.htmKey Contacts ???????
  23. 23. Domain Cultural Topic Developing a shared school visionKnowledgeAreaDeveloping andsharing a school visionOverview As principal you are the key in leading the process of creating a vision for the school. A shared vision canbe a source of motivation and direction. It is also an opportunitiy to determine and communicate the school’s key values and beliefs about student learning and wellbeing. As such, it can act as a reference point for the school’s learning culture and a reflection of the school’s high expectations for all students. In planning a visioning process for your school it is important to identify and include all key stakeholders, devise a transparent means of seeking and capturing their views, beliefs and opinions, make use of current research and communicate the shared vision in such a way that it continues to have a strong influence on decisions, behaviours and school directions. One of the key functions of your school council, of which you are Executive Officer, is to contribute to the establishment of the broad vision and direction for the school. Strategic planning is the process of reflecting on past performance, establishing future directions and deciding what will constitute success. The shared vision ought to be considered when developing a new School Strategic Plan and Annual Implementation Plans following a review.Where will you find the You might want to access the Department’s Corporate Plan when planning your visioning processcrucial information? http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/directions/corporateplan/plan/default.htmKey links The Department’s Stakeholder Engagement Framework is here: http://www.eduweb.vic.gov.au/edulibrary/public/commrel/policy/oct2011stakeholderengagem ent.pdfKey Contacts ???????
  24. 24. Domain Cultural Topic Understanding and managing changeKnowledgeAreaDrivinginnovationOverview Supporting your students, staff and community through a change process is an important role for you as a school principal. These changes may be welcomed by the majority but may still challenge many to adjust their behaviours and expectations. Other changes may be caused by external pressures and may attract greater resistance. As the leader of the school community it is important for you to manage the change process, support all participants in that change and ensure that the improvements sought are sustainable. You are encouraged to use current research to adopt and/or design a change model that best fits the context of your school community. A transparent model will give those participating in the change process a sense of confidence, while effective and regular communication will keep them informed. You are encouraged to keep in mind the Effective Schools Model when planning for a change process, while also taking into account the principles of effective professional learning as you ensure the ongoing development of those who will be implementing the change in your school. When the intended change has the potential to impact on the working conditions of the staff at your school, there is an expectation that you will make use of the agreed consultative arrangements that are in place.Where will you find the The Effective Schools model can be found here:crucial information? http://www.education.vic.gov.au/studentlearning/teachingresources/english/improvstudlit.htm The agreements that have been reached on consultation are here:Key links http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/workm/Pages/consult.aspx The principles of highly effective professional learning can be found here: http://www.eduweb.vic.gov.au/edulibrary/public/teachlearn/teacher/ProfLearningInEffectiveSc hools.pdf You might also want to have a look at a recent presentation by Michael Fullan on what he calls “Motion Leadership’, while also becoming acquainted with some fine initiatives in some Victorian schools. http://www.education.vic.gov.au/researchinnovation/resources/ile.htm The Bastow Institute offers a number of modules and course in Leading Organisations and Leading Futures http://www.bastow.vic.edu.au/leadership- courses/LeadershipDevelopmentModules/Pages/leading-organisational- change.aspx?source=http://www.bastow.vic.edu.au/leadership- courses/LeadershipDevelopmentModules/Pages/leadership-development-modules.aspxKey Contacts ????????

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