Biblical Principles of School Management

EDU506 │ Core Subject │ 10 credit points


This subject will equip school leaders with biblically-informed management skills, enabling them to more effectively fulfil their roles in school leadership. Taking on any leadership position in a school is both a privilege and a challenging prospect for today’s educators. The complex nature of the role is further intensified if the leadership or management role occurs in the context of a Christian school. A Christian school leader is not only tasked with staff, management and instructional leadership; they must also foster the school’s biblical vision and purpose while responding authentically to shifting cultural norms.

It is clear that many aspects of Western culture can be celebrated, but just as clearly, there are many other trends, beliefs, and values that need to be discerned and resisted. Students will explore the principles of school management, applying them to their own context, and moving towards transformational leadership.


EDU400/400a Biblical Foundations of Education and EDU501/501a Worldviews and Educational Practice

Preferably, EDU505 A Biblical Vision for Christian School Leadership

Teaching methods

Online Semester
Directed online learning and independent learning

Learning outcomes

Student who successfully complete this subject will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the requirements and challenges of leadership and management practice in the Christian school.
  2. Critically evaluate leadership and management theories from a biblically informed worldview and contemporary literature.
  3. Articulate a biblically informed school management response to a current educational issue.
  4. Apply legislative requirements and contemporary ethical standards to management practices of Christian school leaders.
  5. Critically reflect on the importance of nurturing the school’s vision and purpose while responding authentically to shifting cultural norms


Critical Reflective Pieces20%
Literature Review30%
Justified Case Study50%

Subject content

  1. The Role of a Christian School Principal / Leader.
  2. The Importance of Relationships.
  3. Building a Team of Community and Trust.
  4. Coaching, Mentoring, and Professional Development.
  5. Managing Accountability and Compliance Issues.
  6. Managing the Business
  7. Basics of Instructional Leadership
  8. Strategic Planning for Improvement and Faithfulness to the School’s Vision and Mission

Prescribed text and reading materials

Armstrong, M. (2016). Armstrong’s handbook of management and leadership for HR: Developing effective people skills for better leadership and management. Kogan Page.

Sergiovanni, T., & Green, R. (2015). The principalship: a reflective practice perspective (7th ed.). Pearson Education.

A list of reading materials will be available in the Subject Outline on eLearning Portal.