What is Instructional Leadership?

Instructional leadership describes the process Principals and Leadership Teams go through to implement and embed an effective K-12 literacy program and the High Impact Teaching Practice program. Leaders will also use this approach to develop their teachers’ instructional capacity and curriculum knowledge.

Leaders will be supported to

  • Effectively lead teaching and learning improvements
  • Lead curriculum improvement in schools
  • Use data to design, prioritise and timeline the improvement journey
  • Ensure optimum collaboration to maximise the success of the program

How Leaders are Supported

Professional Learning Sessions

Catalyst offers professional learning sessions, that build on the skills of Principals and their Leadership Teams to ensure the best possible outcomes for their schools.

Topics such as effective mindsets and practices, assessment and intervention, improving curriculum resource usage and the role of an instructional leader will form part of these professional learning sessions.

Find out more in your Catalyst Team

Professional Community

All Principals across the system come together twice a year to connect as instructional leaders for Catholic Leaders’ Day, to learn together and to share the unique challenges they face in managing organisational change within a school environment.


All Principals and Leaders will have the opportunity to work with their Performance Improvement Leaders to design their Catalyst journey, refining it along the way.


Helpful Resources

S2|E1: The Syntax Project featuring Penny Lucas

Feb 2024

In this episode I chat with Penny Lucas, Instructional leader of Literacy and Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 teacher at Trinity Catholic Primary school in Murrumburrah, NSW. Penny is a contributor to the Syntax Project, of which she explains in our conversation and how this links in with Catalyst.

Tags: Podcast, Teacher Insights

The Reading Guarantee – How to give every child the best chance of success: Grattan Institute

Feb 2024

Australia needs a reading revolution. We need to transform the way we teach reading in school, so that every Australian child gets their best chance in life. This report shows how to do it.

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Tags: Reading, Literacy, Research

S1|E9: Leading Catalyst with Patrick Ellis

Dec 2023

In this episode, Patrick Ellis, Catholic Education Canberra Goulburn’s Education Lead, Patrick Ellis dives into the outcomes and exciting initiatives of Catalyst.

Tags: Podcast, Teacher Insights

S1|E8: Literacy Support through Catalyst featuring Stef Cook

Nov 2023

In this episode Stefanie Cook, the K-6 coordinator and Learning Support Leader at St Patrick’s Primary School in Cooma NSW speaks about literacy intervention structures and insights from DIBELS.

Tags: Podcast, Teacher Insights

S1|E7: HITP and Student Voice with Natalie Fairfax

Oct 2023

In this episode Natalie Fairfax, Head the International Baccalaureate program at Merici College in Braddon, Canberra, shares the student engagement she has seen as a result of High Impact Teaching Practice.

Tags: Podcast, Teacher Insights