Assessment Tools & Resources

Transform Leadership Competencies Framework


As a leader in education today the scale and complexity of the change agenda and the level of accountability means that leaders need to draw upon a range of competencies to bring about sustainable school improvement. Leaders need to know their own strengths and limitations to optimise performance and to identify areas for professional development that can help them to deliver to the best of their abilities.


The Transform Competencies Framework has been created through detailed research, tailored to the specific needs and environment of education, and is applicable to leadership roles at any level.

It is designed to enable individuals and leadership teams to identify areas of growth – and what “stepping up your game” looks like. This can then be used to underpin coaching and delivering outcomes at a personal and school level.


Competencies go beyond the traditional focus on academic qualifications, technical skills and experience, providing a framework for assessing and developing deeper-seated personal skills. Competencies are also capable of being developed in people rather than being fixed and immovable.


This framework focuses on the latter. It describes the behaviours and skills people bring to their leadership role at any given point and supports individuals to identify more effective behaviours and to plan the next steps to achieve them. It supports ongoing reflection and professional development.


Assessment Framework Triangle

The Framework is made up four clusters:


  • Personal leadership
  • Visionary leadership
  • Leading people
  • Delivering results

Within each cluster there is a series of competencies. There are fifteen competencies and these are grouped in the table below:


Cluster Competencies


Personal Leadership
  • Self-belief and self-awareness
  • Drive for improvement and accountability
  • Self-management
  • Moral purpose and integrity
Visionary Leadership
  • Focusing on the future
  • Inspiring others
Leading People
  • Leading change through people
  • Relationship management
  • Empowering others and holding to account


Delivering Results


  • Leading a culture of learning
  • Strategic thinking and intellectual flexibility
  • Contextual awareness
  • Delivering continuous school improvement

For each cluster there is a table divided into levels of performance with a description of what the competencies mean in practice at each level. The four levels are:

  • Development indicators
  • Developing
  • Proficient
  • Exemplary