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Aspiring Principal's Professional Learning

Supports aspiring principals to develop skills and understanding of the requirements and expectations of the role of principal.

Programs are designed to support aspiring principals to:

  • understand, experience, reflect on and develop their leadership practice
  • develop understanding and management of their leadership approaches
  • understand the requirements and expectations of the role of principal
  • lead a culture of learning to improve student outcomes
  • enhance capabilities to lead high quality teaching and learning
  • strengthen interpersonal and relational skills.
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Explore: A Career in School Leadership

Principal Eligibility Modules

Graduate Certificate
of Education Business Leadership
Introduction to Instructional Leadership Action Research to Support Instruction

School leader in front of school

    Six-week online program

This program is for teachers emerging leaders, middle leaders, aspiring principals and newly appointed deputy principals aspiring to the role of school principal. It provides research-based evidence, professional readings and opportunities for participants to reflect on their current professional needs, and aligns to the Australian Professional Standard for Principals.

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    Self-paced online program
    No cost

This self-paced, four-module professional learning program is designed for aspirant principals to develop the necessary knowledge and skills in regulatory compliance, audit and risk. The program comprises 12 components with 11 assessments spread across four modules. You can access the Principal Eligibility Modules online program through the Professional Learning tab on the Department of Education Portal. 

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    Post-graduate qualification
    ‚Äč$2400 per unit

This qualification is offered in partnership with Deakin University. It is suitable for anyone managing the business of education, including principals, deputy principals and managers corporate services. It is designed to help participants lead diverse teams, adapt to change and work collaboratively to achieve improved governance and business outcomes in the workplace.

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    Two-day program

This program will give you the opportunity to self-assess your school’s level of collective efficacy and identify how to capitalise on school strengths and lead improvement and change. You will be able to benchmark your school to the McKinsey performance trajectory and develop a strategic plan for improvement and innovation. Dr Geoffrey E Mills, Emeritus Professor of Education, Southern Oregon University, will examine strengths-based leadership and leadership for team learning, leading from your personal why and mindsets and mind frames.

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    Two-day program

Dr. Geoffrey E Mills is a leading expert in the field of action research and is the author of Action Research: A Guide for the Teacher Researcher (6th edition, 2018, published by Pearson). Dr Mills will introduce you to reflective practice and how it can be used to drive school-wide instructional improvement. The program targets school leaders who are committed to leading reflective practice with their colleagues focused on significant problems of practice. At the completion of the program you will have plans ready to be implemented in your school.

Introduction to Leadership Coaching
Verbal Judo for Individuals

Leading the Management of Critical Incidents
Leading Classroom Observation and Feedback
Instructional Coaching:
Leading the Impact Cycle

Principal speaking with staff member in office

    Two-day program

A coaching approach can be used in a brief, informal setting or a formal performance management situation. This program provides the skills and confidence to apply coaching approaches to managing others using the GROWTH coaching model.

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    One-day program

This program is for anyone who has direct contact with students, parents, work colleagues and the community in emotionally charged and difficult situations. It gives participants the advantage of knowing what to say, how to say it and why it works.

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    One-day workshop

Through scenario-based learning, thise program provides participants with the foundations for leading the management of critical incidents, increasing their understanding of supporting policies and processes, and the communication and leadership skills that underpin good management.

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    One-day program

This program is for school leaders focused on improving teaching and learning at a whole school level. It explores models for classroom observation and puts emphasis on the importance of leadership to drive whole school improvement. Participants will examine the characteristics of effective feedback and learn how to utilise feedback to drive improved practice. 

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Leadership team and staff of a school

    Two-day program

This two-day program is designed around the key themes of Dr Jim Knight’s 2018 book, The Impact Cycle: What Instructional Coaches Should Do to Foster Powerful Improvements in Teaching. Dr Knight has spent more than two decades studying instructional coaching and professional learning. The aim of this program is to support educators in establishing coaching cycles that are targeted and aligned to identified pedagogical practices in schools.


Peer Coaching:
Positive Conversations About Teaching Practice
Resilience in the Workplace
Application Writing and Interview Skills
for Emerging Leaders
Growing Effective Teams Interview with Impact:
First Impressions Count

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    Online module and one-day program

Peer coaching is a learning conversation between two or more colleagues. This confidential process enables participants to reflect on current practice, share ideas, set professional goals, teach one another, build new skills and solve problems. 

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    One-day program

This program encourages you to reflect on your personal practises - where you are currently thriving and where you have opportunities for growth. It is intended that you will come away highly motivated and inspired to apply practical tools to master stress and go beyond coping to thrive. This one-day program includes access to the Resilience Diagnostic tool (with pre-and post-assessments).

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    One-day program

This program provides the opportunity to refine written application skills and build on that foundation to shape and improve interview performance in the range of situations job candidates can experience. The focus of this workshop is to support emerging leaders (ie: classroom teachers and teacher leaders) to move into school leadership roles. 

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Colleagues interacting in the office

    Two-day program

This program is for leaders who need to develop a common purpose among team members. It uses a questioning approach and is designed to help encourage team members to take ownership of the shared priorities and explores how leaders can have the rigorous, open dialogue with different personality types.

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Facilitator in front of screen

    Two-hour workshop

This workshop teaches participants about what happens to their body and brain as they feel interview stress, and provides the opportunity to learn and practice simple techniques to quell the physiological effects of stress that affects their performance.

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Coaching on Demand
Email and Workflow Mastery Scholarship opportunity

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    Institute service

The Institute offers professional coaching that supports, challenges and empowers. It seeks to raise standards of performance, enabling you to become an effective leader in a time of change. The Leadership Institute has established a Buyers Guide: Provision of Coaching and Training Services to offer you access to a coach on demand.

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    One-hour video presentation
    No cost

This one-hour video presentation provides participants with easy-to-follow systems for taming their inbox, enabling them to focus on the right work at the right time. The program outlines, in a practical, no-nonsense way, how to set up an integrated workflow management system that takes the stress out of managing email and workload. The program is suitable for users of Microsoft Outlook™.

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    The Anika Foundation Youth Depression
    Awareness Scholarship for WA 2019 

Principals, deputy principals, school psychologists, teachers, student services staff and school chaplains working with secondary school-aged students at risk of depression are eligible to apply for this $15 000 scholarship.

Applications for the scholarship, which provides up to four weeks’ study in Australia or overseas, close Friday 11 October.

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