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School Leadership

Education systems across the globe recognize the critical role that school leaders play in focusing efforts on improving the quality of teaching and learning, and fostering the conditions that promote a culture conducive to learning and development. We know that collective efficacy is a key element of school improvement and that it significantly impacts student outcomes.

The challenge the Foundation is focused on is what is required to build a pipeline of school leaders equipped to lead collective efficacy in increasingly complex and challenging contexts?

The Menzies School Leader Fellowship Program

The aim of the Menzies School Leader Fellowship Program is to incubate, test and learn about the leadership question, and through the process, contribute to building the pipeline of school leaders.

The Menzies School Leader Fellowship Program is a two-year, leadership development program that seeks to harness cross-sector expertise to understand how to build a pipeline of talented school leaders, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to successfully adapt to and take on the challenges and complexities of the role.

Unlike typical leadership development programs, there is an explicit focus on increasing the skills and capability of leaders to build collective efficacy. The Menzies School Leader Fellowship Program follows the principles of design, test, learn and adapt. The Fellowship is led by a multi-sector collaboration comprised of school leaders, their school and corporate, philanthropic and university partners and supported by an outstanding Advisory Board chaired by Tom Bentley, Executive Director for Policy and Impact, RMIT.

The Incubator model

The Menzies School Leadership Incubator is a unique and flagship initiative within the Australian education system.

The purpose of the Menzies School Leadership Incubator is to contribute to systemic changes required to build a pipeline of school leaders who are equipped to lead well in increasingly challenging and complex school contexts – ultimately, a pipeline that will result in improved learning outcomes for Australian school students.

Advisory Board Members include:

  • Tom Bentley (Chair), Executive Director for Policy and Impact, RMIT
  • Dr. Sean Butler, Foundation Principal, Preston High School
  • Adam Canwell, Global Lead, Leadership Services, EY
  • Liz Gillies, CEO, Menzies Foundation
  • Kathryn Greiner AO, Director, Menzies Foundation
  • Emeritus Laureate Professor John Hattie, University of Melbourne, Chair, Board of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership
  • Katherine Henderson, Honorary Senior Fellow, University of Melbourne
  • Frances Maguire, Director, Menzies Foundation
  • Anna Young, Executive, Leadership and Talent, NAB

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