How to invest in School Leadership

Leadership skills can be developed and enhanced in a number of ways, most commonly through workshops, training and mentorship programmes, with many organisations providing both training and mentorship.

The idea of professionalising the role of school principal only emerged after 2007 when the Department of Education set out to introduce professional training in management and leadership for principals. This was followed by the introduction of the Advanced Certificate in Education (ACE) for school leadership and management. It has been argued that the training programme places more emphasis on management than on leadership, which has led to a review of the programme and the publication of a Policy on the South African Standard for Principals.

Examples of intervention models:

  • Training: Dept of Education and Tertiary Programmes

  • Training: NPO Programmes

  • Workshops

Recommended Resources: How to invest in School Leadership and Management