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Leading an Empowered School

About the program

The Leading an Empowered School program is designed to support the Department’s High Performance – High Care strategic plan, which targets the need to empower school leaders to:

  • enable teachers to work collaboratively and question their effectiveness and create opportunities
  • use resources to deliver the best outcomes for their students
  • embrace more active involvement of parents and the community.

This program explores empowering leadership with a focus on the creation of whole school self-assessment processes.

Benefits of empowerment reported in the research include:

  • increased motivation and investment in the success of the school (Hamilton, 2013)
  • more openness to change (Farris-Berg, 2013)
  • acceptance of stronger accountability (Hill, 2013)
  • stronger buy-in to system goals (Manasse, 1985)
  • taking more initiative and being more entrepreneurial (Farris-Berg, 2013)
  • a stronger sense of commitment, responsibility and motivation (Mizrav, 2014).

Learning intention

By the end of this program it is intended that participants will have explored the importance of empowerment, reflected on their leadership and be able to develop strategies to empower teams.  


Success criteria

As a result of this program participants will have:

  • built a common language to define empowerment
  • developed knowledge of the attributes of empowering leadership
  • developed practical strategies to create an empowering school environment
  • described how you will take action to empower or further empower staff in their school.

Who will benefit?

School leaders will benefit from this program.


Participant expectations

Participants are expected to actively engage in learning activities and discussions during the workshop.


Alignment to professional standards

Leading an Empowered School is specifically aligned with the following key professional practices from the Australian Professional Standard for Principals

  • Developing self and others
  • Leading teaching and learning
  • Leading improvement, innovation and change
  • Leading the management of the school
  • Engaging and working with the community.


    One-day program

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There are no current intakes for this program.






Institute for Professional Learning   
Building B
164-194 Oxford Street

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On the day

  • Programs start at 8.30am. Tea and coffee are available from 7.45am.
  • Business dress is required.
  • Morning tea and lunch are provided.
  • Wifi connection is available.


The Institute for Professional Learning is located in Building B at 164-194 Oxford Street, Leederville WA. We co-locate with the Schools of Isolated and Distance Education (SIDE).



Please note the Institute does not have on-site parking available:

  • The City of Vincent has a number of car parks throughout Leederville.
  • The closest long term paid parking is available on the south side of The Avenue Car Park on Leederville Parade.
  • Short term paid parking (two hour) is available in adjacent streets.
  • The City of Vincent offers a 'pay by phone' parking service.
  • The Institute is a two minute walk from Leederville train station.
  • Taxis service the site promptly.
  • Cycle racks are located outside Building F at the Institute.

Download the Institute map and parking information.

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How to enrol


Further information

Please contact the Institute for Professional Learning on 1300 610 801 or email


Leading an Empowered School

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