Principal certification finds support among teachers

EDUCATION professionals are rallying behind the push for national voluntary principal certification to foster better school leadership and improve student performance.

The move is expected to create a national benchmark for recognising principals and their skills while upholding the quality of the industry's current professionals.

Queensland Education Leadership Institute chief Dr Stephen Brown said the certification would acknowledge high-performing principals and their skills in a bid to elevate the overall status of the profession.

Mr Brown was recently appointed Principals Australia Institute's certification reference panel chair to spearhead the development of the program.

The institute's chief Jim Davies said developing an accountable process for certifying the leadership capacity of principals would encourage professional standards and individual responsibility for professional learning.

"This is not about performance management, but leadership formation and principals' collective responsibility to shape the future of the profession," Mr Davies said.



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