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Leading School Improvement: The Unrelenting Focus on Learning

About the program

Leading School Improvement: The Unrelenting Focus on Learning is designed for members of the school leadership team.

Prinicipals and their leadership team will have the opportunity to strengthen the work relating to leading whole school improvement and building on their current practice which impacts on every classroom and every student.

The program comprises four modules:

  • Module 1 - Building a culture for sustainable change
  • Module 2 – Identifying the need for change
  • Module 3 – Planning to make a difference
  • Module 4 – Converting school planning into action in the classroom.

The modules are sequential, cumulative and lay the foundations for improving the performance of schools. 

Leading School Improvement: The Unrelenting Focus on Learning is based on current research about educational change and effective schools. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their current practice, develop plans for their school context and maximise resources and expertise within their school to have a positive effect in the classroom. This program will contribute to building a cohesive, high-functioning team that will have a positive effect on the school.

Optional mentoring available

Schools are able to access the support of a mentor for a total of five hours during or after completing Leading School Improvement: The Unrelenting Focus on Learning.  During these sessions, participants will determine how they will choose to move forward. This may involve reviewing the vision, context and areas of self-assessment. As an example, this time may be used to review the school business plan or the school self-review schedule. The mentor will assist participants in addressing key areas of focus that align with their school's operational strategies to achieve improvement targets and/or improvements in teaching,  the learning environment, leadership, relationships and resources

Please contact Dianne Rigby on (08) 9413 3333 or for further information.

Learning intention                                    

By the end of this program, it is intended participants will be able to:

  • apply research about educational change and effective schools
  • recognise common elements of successful school leadership in Western Australian public schools
  • reflect more effectively on their current practice
  • identify areas in need of change
  • develop effective plans to impact on student outcomes
  • understand their role in leading school improvement in the context of school autonomy.

Target audience

The principal and their leadership team.

  • A large secondary school may choose to bring deputy principals, manager corporate services and selected heads of learning area.
  • A large primary school may choose to bring deputy principals, a curriculum leader and/or a classroom teacher or manager corporate services.

Participant expectations

By participating in this program, participants commit to:‚Äč

  • completing the pre-module readings and tasks
  • completing evaluations of the program.

Alignment to professional standards

Australian Professional Standard for Principals:

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

Leading School Improvement program suite

Leading School Improvement: The Unrelenting Focus on Learning is part of the Leading School Improvement program suite. Additional programs include:

    Four-day program
    over two to three months

    Multiple cohorts


    Optional mentoring available

    Mount Claremont

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    Leading School Improvement
    Participant Feedback

    John Burke
    Belridge Secondary College

    Download video transcript

    Des Sawyer
    HASS Head of Department
    Lynwood Senior High School

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    Read the evaluation report
    of Leading School Improvement:
    The Unrelenting Focus on
    Learning prepared by Synergistiq

Complementary program

As school leaders committed to whole school improvement, participants may also be interested in the complementary Instructional Leadership. Instructional leadership plays a key role in the quality and variability of instruction between teachers, which has an effect on student learning. Successful school leaders create an environment that motivates teachers and provides them with opportunities to increase their capability, which leads to continuous improvement in the standards of teaching and learning. The five-day Instructional Leadership program introduces and unpacks modules that will provide school leaders with the opportunity to be successful in a variety of contexts..

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  Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4
Cohort 1 Thursday
5 April 2018
4 May 2018
15 June 2018
23 July 2018
Cohort 2  Wednesday
20 June 2018
14 August 2018
12 September 2018
12 October 2018
Cohort 3 Wednesday
1 August 2018
3 September 2018
10 October 2018
21 November 2018
Cohort 4 Tuesday
21 August 2018
10 September 2018
11 October 2018
27 November 2018
Regional Cohort Monday
7 May 2018
8 May 2018
18 June 2018
19 June 2017

All programs run from 8.30am to 4.30pm.

Register now.


$840 per person for Leading School Improvement: The Unrelenting Focus on Learning. It is recommended principals attend this program with members of their leadership team.

Optional mentoring available.


Institute for Professional Learning
Building B
164-194 Oxford Street, Leederville




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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.


The Institute for Professional Learning is located in Building B at 164-194 Oxford Street, Leederville WA. We co-locate with the School 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

  • Register for Leading School Improvement: The Unrelenting Focus on Learning on PLIS.
  • Complete your details and payment.

Further information

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


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