New procedure puts focus on principals' performance
1 December 2010
The work performance of principals and the important role they play in improving student outcomes is the focus of a new Department of Education and Training procedure.
The Principal Managing Unsatisfactory Performance procedure provides for the first time a dedicated performance management framework for Queensland state school principals. It applies to all principals employed under the Teachers' Award - State 2003.
Previously the performance of principals was managed under the Teacher Managing Unsatisfactory Performance Policy.
Assistant Director-General, Human Resources, Craig Allen said the procedure was about ensuring principals meet the standards expected of them by the department and the community.
'Under the new procedure, principals' performance will be assessed against five criteria - achievement, engagement, confidence, responsiveness and leadership,' Mr Allen said.
'A formal performance management process will be carried out only if there has been no improvement in the principal's performance within a reasonable period of time, the performance concerns are of a serious or pressing nature, or the concerns are adversely affecting public confidence in the school or the department.'
Mr Allen said a key aspect of the new procedure was the creation of a Principal Performance Board.
'The board is an independent body that will review the recommendations of regional directors regarding principals' performance,' he said.
'It will include a principal representative as well as a representative from the Queensland Teachers' Union.'
More information is available from the Department of Education and Training's Procedure Register or by contacting Workforce Relations on (07) 323 70222.