Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) Leadership Symposium
Leadership Symposium: Key points and close of Symposium
Voiceover: Professor Stephen Dinham from the University of Melbourne and principal convener
of the standard pilot summarised the key findings and outcomes about the draft principal standard
achieved during AITSL’s Leadership Symposium in June 2011.
Professor Stephen Dinham OAM
Chair of Teacher Education and Director of Learning and Teaching, Melbourne Graduate
School of Education, University of Melbourne
“I think we really do need in the standard to spell out why we’re talking about content standards
and not performance standards and what the distinction actually is.
The other part of the standard not being a performance standard is the notion that just because
something’s not measured or assessed doesn’t mean it isn’t important.
In fact some of the most important aspects of leadership are the hardest to measure.
There’s a challenge about the human side of leadership, and capturing that; passion, social
justice, care for the well-being of others and self, resilience. Doesn’t mean you can’t do it though.
But we need to keep sight of that, if we take out the human side what we’re left with is
management and administration, which is a subset of what the role is about of course – but
almost a sterile subset in some ways.
And the standard is not about prescription or judgement, it’s about development. Development,
reflection – not ‘this is a shopping list to be a principal’.”
Voiceover: Tony Mackay, AITSL chair, closed the symposium thanking all the participants and
Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL)
“But I do want to take this opportunity to thank everybody that has made a serious commitment to
People have talked about the spirit and the way in which we have invested in each other, built the
relationships, achieved the trust, and I think from AITSL’s point of view that has got to be the way
in which we will carry on this work, not only in this space around this standard and what flows, but
the total remit.
And I think this one is a very good example of how we need to work around the over-arching
purpose of promoting excellence in the profession of teaching and school leadership.”
Voiceover: Frank Crowther provided a stakeholder’s point of view on the value of AITSL’s role.
Professor Frank Crowther AM
University of Southern Queensland
“We are all dependant on AITSL to gauge the national scene, to identify emerging needs across
the nation, and who knows what they are going to be? It could be something we already know
about or it could be something we haven’t thought about, but we can’t do that in our jurisdictions.
It’s something that we hope AITSL will lead the way with.”