School leadership

We aspire to enhance leadership capability in Australia’s education sector to improve student outcomes.

To achieve this, we have established the Menzies School Leader Fellowship program in partnership with the Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne. We're investing $2 million over the next three years to work with internationally renowned Laureate Professor John Hattie to explore how future Menzies School Leadership Fellows can be supported to build collective efficacy in their schools.

In addition, thanks to a three-year partnership with the Collier Charitable Fund, a Collier School Leader Fellowship is being offered to recognise the work of a woman in a leadership role within a government school. 

Four Menzies Fellows and one Collier Fellow will be appointed each year for the next three years.

Fellows will be working with Laureate Professor John Hattie to develop their leadership capabilities to build collective efficacy in their schools. As well as undertaking the bespoke Leadership Development program, valued at over $50,000, each Fellow will receive $30,000 for the Collective Efficacy Project, $24,000 for professional development and travel, as well as membership of the University of Melbourne's Network of Schools program for each Fellow's school, worth $46,000, and membership of the Menzies Alumni.

The Fellowship program will work at the school and system level to build leadership capability and support the reframing of practice across the education sector. The program will be piloted in Victoria, with the hope to expand it Australia-wide in future.

Ms Kerry Elliott, from the Graduate School of Education, has been appointed as the first Menzies Research Fellow to support the incubator.

2019 program

In February 2019 five school leaders from Victorian schools were awarded a Fellowship valued at $150,000 over three years.

The 2019 Fellows are:

Menzies School Leader Fellowship
  • Georgia Heffernan, Deputy Principal at Catholic Ladies College, Eltham
  • Tim O’Leary, Director of Learning at St John’s College, Preston
  • Christopher Short, Principal at Berwick Chase Primary School, Narre Warren South
  • James Taylor, Assistant Principal at Richmond High School, Richmond
Collier School Leader Fellowship
  • Karen Snibson, Principal at Phoenix P-12 Community College, Sebastopol

Applications for the 2019 program were open to principals, assistant principals and lead teachers at all Victorian primary and secondary schools. Fellows were selected based on their leadership potential and the collective efficacy pilots they propose to undertake in their school during the Fellowship

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If you have any questions about the Fellowship please contact the Menzies Foundation on (03) 9070 3489 or at