School principals should act as 'pedagogical leaders', says CBSE
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School principals should act as ‘pedagogical leaders’, says CBSE

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has redefined the role of school principals and asked them to act as ‘pedagogical leaders’. The board’s new directives direct that along with formulating and executing teaching and learning plans, the principals also need to evaluate the effectiveness of the learning program and also meet the standards created to optimise learning environments.

A senior official of CBSE said “The board has decided that henceforth the principals of all affiliated schools shall be the pedagogical leaders of their schools. Pedagogical leadership encompasses many roles and functions in learning organizations.”

“It includes instructional leadership to support classroom teachers in their key role of implementing curriculum, and transforming teaching and learning by establishing organizational norms of continuous quality improvement,” added the official.


  • Ensure mandatory adoption of learning outcomes based on teaching and learning in all the schools
  • Prepare annual pedagogical plans for all classes and all subjects with the help of their teachers

“The duties that adhere to this role are implementing the prescribed curriculum and transforming the methods of learning and teaching by formulating organizational norms that ensure quality improvement continuously,” said the board official to PTI.

[Image: Australian Society for Evidence Based Teaching]

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