Principal Induction Program

This program has been designed to meet the most pressing challenges encountered by newly appointed school principals during their first three years in the role, and those who are new to the independent schools sector. It is a ten-day program spaced across the school year.

4th March 2020 - 26th February 2021

What's Involved?

At a glance:

  • Ten days spaced across six months
  • The Clifton Strengths Finder Survey and debrief session
  • Allocation of a leadership coach who is a current and experienced Principal
  • Aligned to the Australian Professional Standard for Principals

Principals Topics:

  • Your role as Principal, your leadership purpose and vision
  • Current and emerging issues for independent schools
  • Developing self and building the leadership capacity of others
  • Leading the management of your school - governance, financial, risk and legal issues.
  • Leading learning through identifying and planning high quality teaching and learning
  • Leading improvement, innovation and change - culture and context
  • Investigating the adaptive leadership framework
  • Engaging and working with the community - media and reputation management

Program Session Dates

All events run from 9:00am - 4:30pm

  • Day 1 - 4th March 2020
    The role of the Principal and developing self and others

  • Day 2 - 5th March 2020
    Leading the management of the school

  • Day 3 - 6th March 2020
    Leading teaching and learning

  • Day 4 - 19th October 2020
    Relational leadership

  • Day 5 - 20th October 2020
    Leading improvement, innovation and change
  • Day 6 - 21st October 2020
    Leading the management of the school

  • Day 7 - 12th November 2020
    Leading the management of the school

  • Day 8 - 13th November 2020
    Leading improvement, innovation and change

  • Day 9 - 25th February 2021
    Your leadership practices: challenges and opportunities

  • Day 10 - 26th February 2021
    Engaging and working with the community

What do participants say?

Fiona Johnston

St Hilda's Anglican School for Girls, WA

The opportunities to learn and grow, both professionally and personally, through the AIS Principal Induction Program have been exceptional and overwhelmingly rewarding.

Having completed both the AIS Flagship Program and most recently the Principal Induction Program, I feel empowered, supported and ready to embrace new adventures in my new role as Principal of St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls in Perth.

Simon Herd

Medowie Christian School, NSW

The AIS Leadership Centre provides new Principals with world class learning in the Principal Induction Program. The opportunity to learn with a diverse range of new Principals fosters friendship, rich discussion, and the opportunity to share practical school based scenarios.

Having completed an MBA and two other Masters degrees, I found the quality of the presenters outstanding in challenging us to think beyond the immediate and to develop a growth mindset. To position new principals to lead with conviction into the future, I highly recommend this program.

Ian Hewitt

Trinity Christian School, ACT

The Principal Induction Program was about the rich content and the journey with others in this new and often lonely role for the first time. Principals come with a range of professional backgrounds and experience. To be able to gain further knowledge and insight across such a diverse range of topics over the course of the year was invaluable in filling in some of those gaps, as well as sharing experiences with others.

The coaching was affirming and assisted me to work through the range of challenges which new principals face with the reassurance that we do have the capacity and expertise to lead our schools. 

Craig Randazzo

Skillset Senior College, NSW

The program was conveniently scheduled to suit our very full diaries, and provided essential information, support and networking opportunities that I know will have a lasting and significant positive impact.

I also appreciated the informal culture that developed over time that allowed individuals to build trust within the group, which allowed highly authentic exchanges and rich learning from the field. In my view the PIP is a must for all new school Principals to ensure they are across all the essential elements of such a high stakes role.

NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA)
Registered Professional Development

Completing The AIS Leadership Centre Principal Induction Program will contribute 65 hours of NESA registered professional learning addressing 6.1.4 and 6.3.4 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Lead Teacher Accreditation in NSW.