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The School Management Resources are designed to build the capacity of School Management Teams (SMTs) (compromising the Principal, Deputy Principal/s, and Department Heads) to lead and manage the curriculum effectively and to support teachers so that curriculum is covered and that learning improves.

The 6 modules are developmental and build the skills of the SMT incrementally. Each module has 4 sections: Care, Leadership, Curriculum and Community. CARE underpins and enables curriculum delivery, and COMMUNITY extends curriculum

Each module has the following resources:

  • Facilitation Guide
  • Slides to be used for an interactive training session
  • Case studies and learning material

Module 1 provides the opportunity for participants to:

  • Understand that curriculum change and improving learning starts with you.
  • Identify the challenges on which you CAN take action to improve and guide the teachers you lead so that they track their curriculum coverage and learners’ learning and reflect on challenges and solutions together.
  • Schedule and plan to hold meetings with the team.
  • Coordinate and hold constructive one-on-one professional conversations which provide opportunities for reflection and collaborative problem solving.

Module 2 provides the opportunity for participants to:

  • Understand how to build: shared values; trust; collaboration; and a supportive school culture that is based on care.
  • Reflect on what active steps you have taken to improve teaching and learning in your school.
  • Understand how to use planning and tracking evidence to hold professional, supportive, collaborative conversations.
  • Take forward collaborative and supportive processes with community.

Module 3 provides the opportunity for participants to:

  • Learn how to plan the curriculum management cycle for each term and reflect on, and improve, the tools used to support curriculum management.
  • Continue to build and sustain a culture of professional supportive conversations based on evidence.
  • Respond by assisting teachers and subject teams (or PLC in schools) with the identification and solving of problems.

Module 4 provides the opportunity for participants to:

  • Learn how to lead change that is built on personal and collective agency.
  • Learn how to identify the key practices, attitudes and values associated with sound curriculum management.
  • Reflect on and share the extent to which such behaviours, attitudes and values are in practise in your schools.
  • Learn how to strengthen your ability to provide developmental supervision.

Module 5 provides the opportunity for participants to learn how to:

  • Prepare for professional, supportive conversations with teachers or teaching teams (or school-based Professional Learning Communities) about what learners are learning.
  • Lead teaching teams as they identify and solve problems of curriculum coverage.
  • Interact as professionals with the guidance given by CAPS in planning teaching relative to the time available

Module 6 provides the opportunity for participants to master their role of curriculum leadership across the school by:

  • Identifying and solving problems of curriculum coverage through the practice of monitoring.
  • Reflecting on accountability – both internal and external.
  • Working on, and reflecting, on feedback that is both developmental and supportive.
  • Making instructional leadership the core business of the school.


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