Principals are responsible for developing a culture of quality teaching, learning and student achievement. Effective leaders are identified by their competence in planning, coordination and evaluating teaching and the curriculum. They are actively involved in discussions with teachers about instructional matters, including how instruction impacts on student achievement. They work with teachers to review and enhance teaching and are directly involved in coordinating the curriculum across year levels. They ensure that student progress is systematically monitored and that teachers use assessment results to inform and direct their teaching. Importantly, leaders understand their role is to lead student learning and they will self-manage to ensure they are prioritising student outcomes.
The following case studies are examples of how schools in Victoria are implementing the FISO dimension: Instructional and shared leadership.