Congratulations to the 27 South Australian preschool directors and principals who recently became the first leaders to receive a Graduate Diploma of Strategic Leadership.
Providing leaders with the tools to run well performing education environments is essential to the success of children and young people. Each of the graduates successfully completed a 14 month-long program that included face-to-face sessions, online modules and assessment tasks.
The diploma equips leaders with skills to develop staff members’ abilities, engage the community and stakeholders, build partnerships, lead teaching and learning, manage budgets and lead innovation and change.
In 2013 the State Government announced advanced leadership qualifications as a preference for school principal and preschool director appointments from 2015, and a requirement for all leaders from 2020. To support this, an additional $9.5m has been committed to expanding the Graduate Diploma to include experienced and aspiring leaders.
The Graduate Diploma of Strategic Leadership is delivered through the DECD Registered Training Organisation. It is customised to the work of site leaders in DECD and aligned to the Australian Professional Standard for Principals.