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What does the Data tells us about your career as a CaSPA Principal

Posted on 19 July 2018
What does the Data tells us about your career as a CaSPA Principal

Thanks to the data provided by around 90% of our current principals, CaSPA is able to provide excellent feedback on key aspects of the role and nature of being a leader in a Catholic Secondary School.

At the CaSPA Forum during the recent Cairns Conference, Executive Officer, Frank FitzGerald provided a number of summaries regarding the careers of CaSPA Principals:

Age and Gender [see above] illustrate that:

  • there are twice as many male principals as females
  • males commence their time as principal at 45.8 years and are in the role for 9.6 years
  • females commence their time as principal at 48.6 years and are in the role for 8.2 years
  • it can be deduced that both males and females principals come to the role with similar years of teaching experience - around 23 years
    • the latter starting age for female principals is likely attributed to the time that is taken with family leave during their careers
  • the relative average current ages of our Principals: Females 56.4 years; Males 54.7 years

Pre and Post Principal Appointment [see above]:

  • there are around 70 appointments to CaSPA schools annually

Experience prior to taking up a CaSPA Appointment

  • 90% of those appointed come from other CaSPA Schools
    • 50% being deputies with the great majority from within the state
    • 39% those already a CaSPA principal in another school
  • The balance come largely from CEO's or other Catholic Leadership Positions

Experience after concluding a CaSPA Appointment

  • 41% move on to another appointment as principal at a CaSPA Schools
  • 30% leave the profession
    • about half of these retire from paid employment [on average there are 6 or 7 doing this as a result of poor health]
    • around 5 take up paid employment outside schools
    • around 5 each year finish even though they would like to stay in the role
  • 20% move to CEO's or other Catholic Leadership Positions
  • The balance are largely those who were acting in the role and resume their role as Deputy Principal or the like

Length of Service [see above]:

  • 41% of CaSPA Principals have less than 5 years experience as a principal
  • 66% or two thirds of our Principals have less than 10 years experience in the role
  • there are around 20 per cent with between 10 and 15 years experience, which is quite a large cohort
  • those with more than 15 years experience is a relatively small number and fall into the following categories
    • 15-19 years - 9%
    • 20 or more years experience - 6.5%
Tags: Conferences Catholic Secondary Principals Australia

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