Australian Council for Educational Research
19 Prospect Hill Road Camberwell 3124
Principal for a Day commenced in Australia in 2001 and is currently delivered annually in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. Expressions of interest from other Australian States are most welcome.
Mission and Aims
The mission of Principal for a Day is to increase and strengthen relationships, based on knowledge and understanding, between the private sector and education. Partnerships between key leaders in education, business and the wider community are especially important. There is ample evidence, from OECD in particular, on the strong relationship between education and employment, and social harmony and economic prosperity, at individual and societal levels, is well supported.
Principal for a Day aims to:
The event component: A group of successful business/community leaders become Principals for a Day on an annual event day. The Principal for a Day ‘shadows’ the school principal, and participates in normal day-to-day activities in a primary, special or secondary school. The principal and the Principal for a Day discuss the challenges and current issues each is facing in their leadership role. Other activities usually include a tour of the school buildings and site; classes with students and meetings with staff, parents or other school agencies or groups.
The forum component: following the event day, all Principals for a Day, their host principals, and other key leaders in education and business are invited to a Forum to share their leadership experiences, observations, and knowledge.
The relationship component: Independent research has found that 93% of Principals for a Day and schools continue their relationships long after the event day is over. Results to date include professional learning exchanges, curriculum development, careers advice, job offers to students, industry and work experience visits, two-way mentoring and sharing of physical, technical and financial resources.
Benefits of the program
For business/community leaders
For school principals