"A school’s culture consists of the customs, rituals, and stories that are evident and valued throughout the whole school. An effective school culture is one in which the customs and values foster success for all; and where clear boundaries are set, known, and agreed to by everyone. In developing a positive culture, effective principals ensure that educational practices are inclusive. They make certain that students and their families do not feel alienated either from their own culture or from the culture of the school."
Leading cultural change involves an understanding of leadership skills and an appreciation of the development of cultures in a school setting.
School cultures focus on learning, teaching, and gaining an understanding of 'what we value around here'.
The principal has a key role in guiding and supporting others to step up as leaders. This is achieved by recognising and developing the leadership potential of teachers. Building leadership capacity in a school increases the opportunities for improving learning outcomes for all students.
Leadership based on shared vision, goals, and commitment to quality teaching and learning is essential in the complex contexts of New Zealand schools.
Effective principals actively lead staff by challenging and supporting staff.
Effective leaders have a central belief system that is focussed on student learning and well-being. They set clear goals, and pursue them to ensure success for all.