The Minister of Basic Education has called for comment on a proposed South African Standard for Principalship in Government Gazette No 37897, dated 7 August 2014. This News Flash provides an overview of and background to the proposed “The South African Standard for Principalship”. It is not the purpose of this News Flash to comment on the merits of the proposals in the draft. The publication of the proposed Standard is an important step in the process of developing a new job description and finalisation of an assessment instrument for school principals. Principals and members are encouraged to submit their comments on the draft.