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Department leaders need to build on their significant existing strengths, learn from each other and collaborate together to grow excellence across the Western Australian education system. 

The Leadership Institute coordinates professional learning opportunities for Department of Education leaders, based in regions, Statewide Services Centre and central office, who are looking to enhance their leadership capacity.

The range of leadership development opportunities on offer has been designed to broaden understanding of leadership and enable participants to explore the relationship between department leadership and department-wide improvement. The professional learning programs and services provide participants with opportunities to further develop their skills to work collaboratively with leaders in schools and across the Department.

Introduction to Leadership Coaching
Verbal Judo for Individuals Verbal Judo for Leaders
Aspirant Manager Corporate Services:
Leadership, Governance and You
Application Writing and Interview Skills
for Public Servants Levels 4-6

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    Two-day program

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

This program is also available online.

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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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    Two-day program

This program includes all of the one-day Verbal Judo for Individuals content, as well as advanced material that will assist in the often difficult role of overseeing the performance of others. The program shows participants how to get the best from their team by the effective use of their professional presence and words.

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    Three-day program with
    additional technical workshops
    (over 12 months)

The Leadership Institute, on behalf of the Department, is offering 25 significantly funded places in an aspirant manager corporate services program. This program aims to make you “job ready” to take on that challenge of leading the business of education in your own school. Are you ready to challenge yourself, build your leadership confidence and hone your technical skills to make yourself competitive to apply? Are you ready to take that next step?

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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. It is designed to give you an awareness of current job application techniques when applying for Level 4-6 positions within the Western Australian public sector.

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The Leader in You
Interview with Impact:
First Impressions Count
Resilience in the Workplace University of Western Australia’s
Master of Public Policy 
Scholarship opportunity

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    Two-day workshop

This program focuses on developing and understanding human nature within working relationships that will enable you to build relational trust and solve complex problems. In terms of the leadership pathway, it is at this stage, as individuals move from managing self to managing others, that leadership mindsets are established. 

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    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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    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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    Post graduate qualification

This qualification, 
available either full-time or part-time, is designed specifically for current and future decision makers in the public sector. Delivered jointly through UWA’s Political Science and Economics disciplines, the course focuses on building students’ abilities to strategically develop and evaluate public policies, with a particular emphasis on case studies and applications that are relevant for our students across a range of public institutions.

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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 have now closed.


Email and Workflow Mastery

ANZSOG's Executive Education Workshops

Public Sector Commission
Leadership Development Programs

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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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    Multiple programs
    Various costs

Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) is a global leader in education and research that supports outstanding leadership and enriches the public sector. Choose from one to five day workshops on regulation, public policy, evaluation, communication skills and leadership. 

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    Multiple programs
    Various costs

The Public Sector Commission is committed to building the capacity of the sector by delivering high impact leadership development programs to chief executive and senior executive service officers and emerging leaders across the Western Australian public sector.

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