Department of Education

Spark for Teachers

About the program

Being in a classroom can be challenging. Each day, you need to ensure that your students are engaged and learning, no matter whether you are in top form, tired or stressed. How you are thinking and feeling will have an impact on your students.

The Spark for Teachers program offers you the rare opportunity to take time for you to reflect on yourself and develop your self-awareness, resilience and emotional intelligence. Finding ways to manage your personal frame of mind is crucial to your effectiveness as a classroom leader.

The Spark for Teachers program will encourage you to reflect on your ‘spark’ – what you love about teaching, and to find ways of living out that spark in your life, by overcoming the stresses and strains of your job. This program is about renewing and refreshing your energy.

To seek out your spark you will join the face-to-face workshop, which will be followed by two group coaching sessions at a later date. The coaching sessions will be held by teleconference or Skype.


About the facilitator 

Coach in a Box has coached thousands of school leaders and teachers through their own personal learning journeys.

Executive Coach Tony Clitheroe has 30 years experience as a leader, consultant and coach. He has extensive expertise in leadership, coach training, learning and development and human resources, and works cross culturally in Australia and in international development in South East Asia, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.

Tony holds a Bachelor of Business (Double Major in Human Resource Management and Management), Edith Cowan University and a Diploma in Professional Coaching, Coach School. He has supported school leaders in Western Australia, New South Wales and Victoria and is president of the International Coach Federation in Western Australia.


Alignment to professional standards

The Spark for Teachers program links to the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers:

Standards Focus areas
6. Engage in professional learning 6.2
7. Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community 7.3

    One day workshop and
    two phone coaching sessions

    No current intakes



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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 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 .


Spark for Teachers

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