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Leading School Improvement in a Small School

About the program

Leading School Improvement in a Small School is designed for small schools (generally Level 3 or 4 and Level 5 district high schools).

Participants will have the opportunity to develop their work relating to leading whole school improvement and building on their current practice in a small school.

Leading School Improvement in a Small School 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 impact on the classroom. This program will contribute to building a cohesive, high-functioning team that will have a positive impact at the school.

The program comprises four modules:

Module 1 – Preconditions for whole school improvement
Module 2 – Identifying the Need for Change
Module 3 – Planning to Make a Difference
Module 4 – A culture of sustainable change

The modules are sequential, cumulative and lay the foundations for improving the performance of schools. To accommodate regional travel, the program will be delivered over two sessions of two days duration. 

Learning intention

By the end of this program, it is intended school leadership teams will be able to improve school performance through:

  • understanding the preconditions for school improvement
  • considering your own context and potential for improvement
  • reviewing research about educational change and highly effective schools
  • identifying common elements of highly effective teams to meet the improvement challenge
  • understanding your role in leading school improvement
  • reflecting on personal effectiveness in leading change.

Target audience

Level 3 or 4 primary school principals, Level 5 district high school principals and their school leadership teams. Participants may choose to attend as a group of principals from the same network.

Participant expectations

By participating in this program, participants commit to completing the pre-module readings and between module tasks.

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 in a Small School is part of the Leading School Improvement program suite. Additional programs include:


Read the Leading School Improvement evaluation report prepared by Synergistiq.

    Four-day program
   (Two x two-day sessions)


    Commencing 11 April 2019
    Commencing 12 August 2019


    Register now


    Leading School Improvement
    Participant Feedback

    Frank Pansini
    Former principal
    Aubin Grove Primary School

    Download video transcript


    School leaders are saying
    Leading School Improvement
    has been some of the best
    professional learning they
    have ever attended.

    Read the impact case study

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  Day 1 Day 2  Day 3  Day 4
Cohort 1 Thursday
11 April 2019
12 April 2019
4 June 2019
5 June 2019
Cohort 2 Monday
12 August 2019
13 August 2019
12 September 2019
13 September 2019

All programs run 8.30am to 4.00pm.

Register now.


$800 per person for Leading School Improvement in a Small School.


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. 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 School Improvement in a Small School on PLIS.
  • Complete your details and payment.

Further information

Please contact the Leadership Institute on 1300 610 801 or email


Leading School Improvement in a Small School

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