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School Leadership: Principals

Key competencies for principalship

In his Policy on the South African standard for principalship presentation at the Emasa Conference, James Ndlebe outlined eight key competencies for principalship as defined by the Department of Basic Education.

The School Principal as Leader: Guiding Schools to Better Teaching and Learning

The School Principal as Leader: Guiding Schools to Better Teaching and Learning

This report by the Wallace Foundation identifies five practices that are key to the work of effective principals.

Partners for Possibility: Our case for principal development

Partners for Possibility: Our case for principal development

This article from Partners for Possibility outlines why investing in the development of school principals is essential in improving the South African education system. 

Towards a leadership programme for primary school principals as instructional leaders

Towards a leadership programme for primary school principals as instructional leaders

This study question whether principals possess the necessary skills required to lead and manage curriculum in schools in South Africa. The views of five principals, who have completed the Advanced Certificate in Education: School Leadership and Management (ACESLM) programme, are examined.

Landscapes of Leadership in South African Schools: Mapping the Changes

Landscapes of Leadership in South African Schools: Mapping the Changes

This article argues that the work of school principals in South Africa is shaped by two major sets of constructs or ‘landscapes’: the literature on leadership and management which provides particular constructions of the field and its changes; and the terrain of new policy frameworks adopted after apartheid to transform the education system.

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