Take the Lead program prepares high-performing current Queensland state school candidates for leadership roles in Queensland’s rural and remote state schools. The targeted leadership capability development program provides participants the opportunity to develop their personal and professional capabilities on their journey to becoming effective school and system leaders.
Successful applicants can complete the program through 1 of 3 strands, with the
Centres for Learning and Wellbeing facilitating the delivery of strands 2 and 3. Participants are selected through a merit-based application process when each of the 3 strands of the program are advertised internally during the school year.
Take the Lead—Aspiring Small School Principals
This program is for experienced, high-performing educators who are committed to teaching and leading in rural and remote schools as teaching principals. Applicants must have a strong sense of community and demonstrate highly developed interpersonal and curriculum leadership skills.
Take the Lead—Aspiring Associate Leaders
This program is an intensive leadership capability opportunity to prepare high-performing teachers for middle leadership roles, such as head of department, head of curriculum, head of special education services and deputy principal. Applicants must be committed to developing their curriculum, assessment and reporting skills in order to effectively lead teams to improve student outcomes in rural and remote state schools.
Take the Lead—Aspiring Large School Principals
This program is for school and system leaders with a demonstrated capacity to strategically lead school improvement and who strongly aspire to principal positions in large rural and remote state schools. Applicants must demonstrate the capacity to effectively manage human, financial and physical resources to deliver high-quality organisational and education outcomes in large school settings.
For more information, including participant case studies, search for Take the Lead on OnePortal (Department of Education staff only) or email
Opportunities abound to advance your teaching career if you’re open to moving to a regional, rural or remote Queensland community. This is Ally’s story of how she honed her skills in a large mining town in north west Queensland.