Broken Bay official's research responds to principals shortage
Helen Cannon, Sydney's Broken Bay Diocese Schools Office Human Resource Director, has said that a new paradigm of principalship is required to attract people to the role and sustain those already in the role.
Dr Cannon is among nearly 500 students to be awarded their degrees at ACU National's Spring Graduation Ceremony at Sydney Town Hall at the end of this month.
A statement from the University says her thesis "provides some answers to an international shortage of school principals".
"Previous research at [the University] found that potential principals were dissuaded from taking on the role because of its complexity, the impact it had on home life, and the increased accountabilities," Dr Cannon said. "We needed a new paradigm of principalship to attract people to the role and sustain those already in the role."
Her thesis proposes that principalships be shared, that new, more flexible models be adopted and customised to each school community, and that learning be retained as the central component.
"There also needs to be a restored balance between work and home life for principals, along with greater gender sensitivity," she said. "And it is essential to build leadership capacity in schools so that responsibilities may be shared by a number of members of staff."
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13 Sep 2005