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Leading Classroom Observation and Feedback

About the program

Leading Classroom Observation and Feedback is a program for school leaders focused on improving teaching and learning at a whole school level. At its core, this program draws on the components needed to develop an effective and robust performance and development culture.

This program explores models for classroom observation and puts emphasis on the importance of leadership to drive whole school improvement. You will examine the characteristics of effective feedback and learn how to utilise feedback to drive improved teaching practice.    

Learning intention

By the end of this one-day program, it is intended that you will:

  • understand the pre-conditions necessary for whole school improvement
  • understand why classroom observation is a core strategy for improving teaching and learning
  • be able to identify the elements of effective feedback and how to utilise feedback to improve practice
  • be able to identify and explore classroom observation methods for implementation in your school
  • be able to develop a classroom observation plan for your school.

Target audience

Principals, aspiring principals and middle leaders.

Previous participants testimonials

“We chose this program as we are a new leadership team. We felt it was a perfect opportunity to get together and hear from experienced principals, in particular, who had gone through this process before us. I’ve been a principal for three years, so to hear from more experienced principals that have gone through the same journey gives you more confidence in your leadership abilities. It’s a safe environment in which to learn. You don’t feel like people are judging you and you feel like your voice is heard. In some regards you are helping others to consolidate what they already know.”
  Sue Mikkelsen-Taylor, Principal, Ardross Primary School (April 2019)

“Having presenters like Geoff Metcalf and Carol Strauss, and their wealth of genuine knowledge, is great. They don’t try to lead you to a place that doesn’t exist. They tell you how it is and how tough it’s going to be. Having Geoff Smith, Principal of Currambine Primary School, come and speak about Classroom Observation in such an honest way, and what part of the journey they are at, gave us a really great idea of what we have to do. When you’re there, it’s nice to know that you’re not the only school in a certain position going through a process of change. To hear other schools speak about things that are so relatable to you and your school is really powerful.”
Tony Mirabella, Deputy Principal, Ardross Primary School (April 2019)

"This professional development was a fantastic opportunity to reflect upon the main direction of our school and how classroom observations will assist us achieve our goals."
    Amanda Fleming, HOLA, Yanchep Secondary College (November 2018)

"An excellent workshop. Provided inspiration to take the next step in implementing and developing an embedded culture of collaboration and classroom observation."
Digby Mercer, Principal, Como Secondary College (November 2018)

"I found the Leading Classroom Observation and Feedback PD to be both informative and practical. It offered not only the theoretical evidence to support classroom observation and feedback but also some guidelines on how to successfully introduce/support this process."
Jacquie Bogunovich, Associate Principal, Canningvale College (November 2018)

"As a new and very inexperienced principal, this PL is the most useful I have attended. It has given me a framework to work in for school improvement- how to get started, how to increase staff buy-in, how to build evidence to show what we are doing, and how to use a range of evidence to assess impact."
Jancy Whyte, Principal, Coorow Primary School (November 2018)

"Some great take-aways from this course no matter your entry point. Useful templates to assess your own school, approaches to implementing classroom observation and powerful vignettes to demonstrate the impact of classroom observation."
Jacquie Abbiss, Deputy Principal, Melville Senior High School (November 2018)

Alignment to professional standards

Australian Professional Standard for Principals:

  • Leading teaching and learning
  • Developing self and others
  • Leading improvement, innovation and change.

Leading School Improvement program suite

Leading Classroom Observation and Feedback is part of the Leading School Improvement program suite. Additional programs include:

Read the Leading School Improvement evaluation report prepared by Synergistiq.

    One-day program


    29 May 2019
    17 June 2019
    21 August 2019
    11 September 2019
    6 November 2019
    20 November 2019


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Day Date Times
Wednesday 29 May 2019 8.30am to 4.00pm
Monday  17 June 2019 8.30am to 4.00pm
Wednesday 21 August 2019 8.30am to 4.00pm
Wednesday 11 September 2019 8.30am to 4.00pm
Wednesday 6 November 2019 8.30am to 4.00pm
Wednesday 20 November 2019 8.30am to 4.00pm

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Leadership Institute
Building B
164-194 Oxford Street, Leederville
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On the day 

  • Programs start at 8.30am. (Institute doors open at 8.00am.)
  • Business dress is required.
  • Morning tea and lunch are provided.


The Leadership Institute 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:

  • 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.

Download the Institute map and parking information.

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How to register

  • Register for Leading Classroom Observation and Feedback on PLIS.
  • Complete your details and payment.

Further information

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



Leading Classroom Observation and Feedback

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