Roles in Victorian schools

The school community includes teaching and non-teaching staff, students and their families.


The role of the principal is to lead and manage the planning, delivery, evaluation and improvement of the education of all students in a community through the strategic deployment of resources provided by the Department and the school community. A key part of this role is to increase teachers’ knowledge about student learning and quality teacher practice. Principals have a clear set of accountabilities, which distinguishes their work from other employees in the teaching service and the education community. These accountabilities are detailed in their employment contract. The principal is accountable for the overall leadership, management and development of the school according to state-wide guidelines and Victorian Government policies.


The primary focus of the classroom teacher is to plan, prepare and teach programs to achieve specific student outcomes. Classroom teachers improve their knowledge and skills through critical reflection and inquiry. This helps them to effectively engage with their students and improve their learning. For more information, see: Our Teachers

Education support staff

Education support staff are an essential part of every school. They support your child’s learning by helping students to be safe and resilient and  through school administration and operations (e.g. human resources, finance, facilities, grounds maintenance), school support services (e.g. library, laboratory, information technology, out of school care, canteen) and direct teaching and student support (e.g. classroom assistance to teachers, careers counselling, student health and wellbeing).