Leadership Development

Principal and Senior Leadership Interview Preparation


Aspirational and capable senior leaders in schools enable high-quality educational outcomes and rejuvenation and growth within the leadership team. As internal and external leadership opportunities arise, candidates are required to have professional and targeted application letters, professional curriculum vitae and an articulate and engaging interview presence.

What Hutton Consulting Offers

Hutton Consulting provides a comprehensive and affirming process, preparing and coaching senior leaders to maximise their interview presence in the lead up to application and interview. This involves:

  • review and revision of curriculum vitae in alignment with the AITSL Standards for School Principals and Leaders;
  • review of letters of application and concise response to key selection criteria
  • formal interview practice, aligning questions with the AITSL Standards for School Principals and school leaders and;
  • comprehensive personalised feedback
Principal and Senior Leadership Mentoring


The most recentPrincipal Health and Wellbeing Survey found that Principals across government and non-government schools are under considerable performance stress. It is crucial that Principals respond proactively to this level of stress in themselves and in their team.

Part of a leader’s responsibilities require that she/he takes control of their own and their leadership team’s health and wellbeing and professional growth. By engaging with trustworthy, qualified, confidential and experienced coaches and mentors, leaders initiate a positive culture and model the importance of utilising leadership coaching and support.

What Hutton Consulting Offers

  • Regular personalised sessions for the Principal/leader to support them in their role, drawing on Hutton Consulting’s extensive leadership experiences to guide critical thinking for positive outcomes;
  • Senior educational consultants work informally with the Principal / leader as a sounding-board, an encourager, a confidante, coach, mentor and professional friend;
  • The Principal/leader has access to skilled, confidential and independent third-party educators, allowing a non-judgemental, yet professional and expert, resource.
Josie Crisara
Principal- Aitken College, Victoria

‘Having the opportunity to discuss a broad range of topics with an experienced leader was beneficial as well as having a coach to challenge one’s thinking. Topics discussed included strategic planning, improving school and staff capacity and establishing a Foundation.’

Kate Giles
Head of Junior School- Ruyton Girls’ School, Melbourne

‘Thank you Fiona, for being such a wonderful source of guidance and support throughout the last few months. You have been so generous with your time and in particular, your thoughtful feedback has enabled me to learn and grow enormously. I want you to know that you’ve had an incredible impact on me as an emerging leader in education and I couldn’t be more grateful for your mentorship.’


Your next step in leadership search starts with us

Director – Executive Search & Leadership Development
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Rob Sieben
Senior Education Consultant (SA)