Executive Leadership (Lead)

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Executive Leadership:

Meeting the challenges of executive leadership in faith–based schools (Lead)


Purpose of this course:

This course challenges leaders and aspiring leaders to reflect on the significance of vision and values in driving the everyday practices of a school. They will consider how the mission statement and espoused values of their school address current popular culture and how they affect the day to day practices in the school. Participants will identify areas of non-alignment and evaluate current practice in the light of their school vision statements and AITSL documents. They will construct and implement an action plan to address the identified issue, and share this and their reflections with colleagues in the final colloquium and discussion. Participants are expected to embrace ideas presented in the readings and feedback, give an evidence base for their proposals, participate actively in the learning community created by the course and to reflect on their own practice.

The emphasis of the course is twofold:

• Firstly, the opportunity for the leaders of Anglican schools to collaborate about purpose and practice as Christian educators.

• Secondly, a platform for research-based thinking about Christian educational leadership.


The course structure and timing:

Meeting the Challenges of Executive Leadership in Faith–based Schools is a fifteen-hour, blended course written by Ruby Holland. This course requires a commitment of fifteen hours of reading, planning and active participation.

This includes:

  • pre-reading – two hours
  • a collegial day of interactive professional learning with a facilitator – five hours
  • three two-hour online modules – six hours
  • a collegial colloquium with other participants and a facilitator – two hours.

The course begins with a collegial day. The three seminars introduce the topics of the online modules and tasks are focused on scaffolding of the small project. It should be completed within three months of beginning the course.

Note: Minimum 6 participants required for course to go ahead. All materials are included in the course.


Explicit course outcomes:

  1. To explore the role of faith in developing vision, purpose and educational practice in the context of a faith-based school.
  2. To confirm leaders’ critical understanding of the impact of vision, values, worldview, ethos and ritual on student learning outcomes.
  3. To evaluate current practice in the light of these understandings and the principles of the AITSL and NSA documents.


Success criteria:

  1. Participants will be able to articulate three areas of their school practice that are not aligned with the stated ethos of the school.
  2. Participants will be able to articulate three leadership actions required to implement supportive strategies that would align school practices with the stated ethos.
  3. Participants will be able to articulate one relevant issue faced by faith-based schools when positioning the school in a pluralist context.
  4. Participants will be able to articulate three strategies to address this issue and the necessary leadership practices.
  5. Participants will be able to use the AITSL School Leader Self-Assessment Tool to identify areas of their own leadership that could be improved.
  6. Participants will be able to use the AITSL School Leader Self-Assessment Tool and insights gained from a survey of stakeholders to inform and adjust a brief Professional Learning Plan to address the stated issue.


Course outline:

Module 1: Developing the ethos of your faith-based school

This module focuses on intentional leadership that promotes the flourishing life. Participants complete the online AITSL School Leader Self-Assessment Tool to develop an understanding of their own leadership capacity and use this information together with needs identified by school staff to plan a Professional Learning experience that addresses an identified need.

Module 2: Positioning your school in 21st century pluralist, globalised Culture

This module asks participants to complete further reading then identify the issue that is of most importance to their school in engaging with a pluralist culture. They will then use information from the readings to develop strategies to address this challenge.

Module 3: Matching your leadership capacity to a faith-based context

The focus of this module is the identification and integration of leadership skills already embedded in The Australian Professional Standards for Lead Teachers, with those suggested by the reading. This learning will be applied to a re-evaluation of the Professional Learning Plan that was developed in Module 1.

An applied learning experience of practice

This is a short presentation (to a small group) of the investigation of one area that participants have identified as relevant to their school and the way they have trialled addressing this issue.


Course cost:

Anglican EdComm Member Schools: Price by negotiation

Anglican EdComm Individual Members: Price by negotiation

Non-member Schools: $600pp

Dates available:

July 19 to December 5, 2021

Further information:

Once you have registered and paid you will be given access to EdComm's Learning Management System, where you will be able to work through the course material in a facilitated online learning community.


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