Department of Education

Enhance your professional and societal perspectives through the Institute for Professional Learning

Open to all Department of Education staff, INsight offers events focused on community and education. Gaining an insight to a broader environment will help you to understand and manage societal issues as they affect your school and the students in your care.

INsight creates opportunities for you to:

  • engage with the Institute
  • build and develop your professional relationships and networks
  • extend your personal and professional learning through different learning options
  • think ‘outside the box’ about education
  • share your skills, knowledge and experiences formally and informally
  • learn from others’ skills, knowledge and experiences
  • contribute differently/more widely to education
  • engage/connect with the community outside education
  • develop/broaden your social perspective on the interrelationship of school/education and the community
  • extend your social conscience.

2017 INsight events

Eight Strong Claims about Successful School Leadership with Dr Qing Gu

As part of the Institute's International Leadership series, as Dr Qing Gu presented eight research-informed claims about successful leadership and school improvement. 

Dr Gu is Professor of Education in the School of Education at the University of Nottingham. In steering their schools successfully through changing social and policy landscapes, Dr Gu asserts that school leaders at all levels, especially principals, need to be equipped to provide optimal conditions, structures and cultures for learning and teaching.

Download Dr Gu's Eight Strong Claims about Successful School Leadership presentation here.


2016 INsight events

Commissioner for Children and Young People WA

Colin Pettit was appointed to the role of Commissioner for Children and Young People WA in November 2015 for a five year term.  At this INsight event, Colin spoke about the three projects in which he is involved  - youth justice, education and child-safe organisations.

Colin has worked as a teacher and principal in a number of Western Australian schools, and was the Department's Executive Director Regional and Remote Education for three years. 

Between 2010 and 2015, he was the Secretary of Education for the Tasmanian Department of Education. He is a former president of the Western Australian Primary Principals' Association (WAPPA) and deputy president of the Australian Primary Principals Association.



Work, time, play and other four letter words

What is the antidote to being overworked and under-leisured? Firstly, it is to understand how work has shaped your life. The key message of this presentation was based on the strong belief that when you are completely comfortable in yourself, you don’t need to assume other identities or personas, allowing you to embrace the potential for life choices and discover new realities.

Andrew Kikeros, B. App. Science (Leisure), is the Principal of LIFE TIME WISE and facilitated this event.

“I have always been fascinated in the relationship between paid work and other parts of my life. This led me to take on leisure studies and for nearly thirty years I have dedicated myself to the issues surrounding work, time, leisure and their influence on individuals and society. My work allows me to help people have better lives - within paid work and after it."

Twilight sail on board the STS Leeuwin II

Secondary school coordinators of student services and careers or vocational education and training teachers had the opportunity to experience a complimentary twilight sail on board the STS Leeuwin II.

This opportunity was made available by the Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation based in Fremantle, that provides experiential learning and leadership development programs aimed mainly at young people aged 14 - 25 years.


Teaching Aboriginal Students

Dr Thelma Perso (pictured right), Director Teaching and Learning at Mundaring Christian College, addressed a 'full house' on how culturally responsive schools create welcoming and supportive learning environments that respect cultures, languages and experiences.

We owe it to all students to find out as much as we can from them, their families, Aboriginal support staff and teachers in our schools, Aboriginal Elders, and others who may hold knowledge that will assist.

Dr Perso has authored more than 30 books for teachers, the latest being Teaching Indigenous Students with Colleen Hayward, AM (published by Allen & Unwin, 2015).

Churchill Fellowships

2014 Churchill Fellowship recipients, Michael Morgan, Principal of Shenton College and Valerie Furphy, Vice Principalof Perth Modern School, highlighted the benefits the fellowship provided for themselves as individuals and their school communities.

Valerie Furphy's presentation Michael Morgan's presentation



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Further information

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