School Leadership

School leadership is a critical leverage point for school system improvement. Our hypothesis is that the education system requires a talent pipeline of school leaders that are better prepared for the complex role of leading the improvement required to lift student performance. 

Launched in 2018, The Menzies School Leader Fellowship Program is a dynamic incubator process that capitalizes individual, school, cohort and system level leadership and aspires to develop scalable systemic leadership interventions to improve student learning outcomes.

The Fellowship is led by a multi-sector collaboration comprised of school leaders, their school and corporate, philanthropic and university partners.

The Program aims to:

  • Delineate the talent pipeline required to improve student performance at a whole of system level and the leadership development platform to support this
  • Build the tools, techniques and frameworks required to scale leadership development program insights across the system
  • Identify best practice in Collective Efficacy in schools




Program Design

Leadership Development Program


The Fellowship Program

The Fellowship Program is the centerpiece of the incubator and is a blended leadership development journey over 2 years. 

Four Menzies Fellows and one Collier Fellow will be appointed for the next three years.

In February 2019 five Victorian school leaders were awarded a Fellowship valued at $150,000 each.

The inaugural 2019 Fellows are:


Applications for the appointment of the 2020 Fellows will open 1 October 2019.

For more information, please refer to:

If you have any questions about the Fellowship please contact the Menzies Foundation on (03) 9070 3489 or at