This award recognises an outstanding state school principal. The Excellence in School Leadership winner leads school improvement, fosters intentional collaboration within their school, their broader school community, and with other schools. They use their leadership capabilities – vision and values, knowledge and understanding, and social and interpersonal skills – to achieve positive learning and wellbeing outcomes and measurable improvement for students. Nominees for the Excellence in School Leadership award enact their leadership capabilities through the following practices7:
- leading teaching and learning
- developing themselves and others
- leading improvement, innovation and change
- leading the management of the school
- enriching the lives of their students
- engaging and working within the community.
Nominees must be current permanent principals with at least 12 months experience in a principal role. Principals are unable to self-nominate. Nominations must be received from the departmental regional office.
The Jack Pizzey Award for Excellence in School Leadership honours the memory of Jack Charles Allan Pizzey (1911–1968) who was a former state school teacher and Education Minister renowned for his commitment to public education. He was responsible for increasing the number of state high schools from 30 to 96 and was also the driving force behind the establishment of a second teachers’ college in Brisbane and the planning of 2 others. He helped establish Queensland's second university, James Cook University, in Townsville in 1961 and put in place preparations for a second university in Brisbane.
7Based on the
Australian Professional Standard for Principals (PDF, 2MB).