​​​​​The role of school leaders

Leadership of a safe and supportive school is characterised by strong commitment and oversight, communication of a clear and sustainable vision, access to resources, designated staff with responsibilities, actions that translate the commitment into practice, and a cycle of regular review.

Leadership is one of the five key elements of the Australian Student Wellbeing Framework (PDF, 2.7MB) required to foster a whole school community that promotes student wellbeing, safety and positive relationships.

The effective practices of principals and school leaders below are based directly off the National Safe Schools Framework . The National Safe Schools Framework is now superseded by the Australian Student Wellbeing Framework (PDF, 2.7MB):

  • Develop the school's vision and values, building on existing strengths, to enhance student learning and sustain the safety and wellbeing of the whole school community
  • Actively seek and incorporate students' perspectives about safety and wellbeing in order to promote positive learning outcomes
  • Communicate the priorities for student learning, safety and wellbeing and encourage collaborative partnerships to enact the school's vision and values
  • Collaboratively develop whole school policies, plans and structures for protecting the safety and promoting the wellbeing of staff, students, and families
  • Regularly monitor and review school capacity to address the safety and wellbeing of the whole school community in order to identify areas of strength and those requiring improvement