School Principal

Provide educational leadership for schools and their communities.

School Principal

School Principal

Roles and responsibilities

School principals need to have previous experience as a senior teacher and as a deputy principal.

School principals:

  • manage and coordinate the educational, administrative and financial affairs of a school
  • develop approaches to management and policy within broad governmental guidelines in conjunction with the school council
  • liaise with other schools, parents and the wider community building positive relationships
  • identify student and staff needs now and in the future, and develop ways of addressing those needs
  • implement systems and procedures to check school performance and student enrolments, the receipt of fees and the collection and storage of information required for reporting purposes
  • collect, analyse and use data to lead decision-making in the solving of complex problems
  • supervise the maintenance of school facilities to provide a safe working environment for staff and students
  • promote the school through publicity, the development of promotional material, and contact with other organisations including school councils
  • manage arrangements for internal examinations
  • enforce discipline within the school
  • represent the school at community and administrative meetings
  • organise and implement methods of raising additional funds in conjunction with parent groups
  • manage human resources including staff recruitment, professional development and training
  • perform teaching tasks

Source: myFuture

School principals need to have previous experience as a senior teacher and as a deputy principal.

School principals:

  • manage and coordinate the educational, administrative and financial affairs of a school
  • develop approaches to management and policy within broad governmental guidelines in conjunction with the school council
  • liaise with other schools, parents and the wider community building positive relationships
  • identify student and staff needs now and in the future, and develop ways of addressing those needs
  • implement systems and procedures to check school performance and student enrolments, the receipt of fees and the collection and storage of information required for reporting purposes
  • collect, analyse and use data to lead decision-making in the solving of complex problems
  • supervise the maintenance of school facilities to provide a safe working environment for staff and students
  • promote the school through publicity, the development of promotional material, and contact with other organisations including school councils
  • manage arrangements for internal examinations
  • enforce discipline within the school
  • represent the school at community and administrative meetings
  • organise and implement methods of raising additional funds in conjunction with parent groups
  • manage human resources including staff recruitment, professional development and training
  • perform teaching tasks

Source: myFuture

Undergraduate Courses To Become

School Principal

Required major/s to pursue this career

You must have a degree with a major in the subject you wish to teach and this subject must be found in the school curriculum.
Postgraduate Courses To Become

School Principal

Coursework courses to pursue this career

Postgraduate study is required for this occupation.
Relevant postgraduate courses include:
Postgraduate Courses To Become

School Principal

Research courses to pursue this career