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Leading School Improvement: Making It Happen Master Class

About the program

Leading School Improvement: Making It Happen Master Class is for school leaders who have completed one of the Institute’s Leading School Improvement programs:

Over two days, Vic Zbar, author of Driving School Improvement: A Practical Guide, will take you and your leadership team on a highly practical journey of school improvement. You will have the opportunity to learn about the three stages of whole school improvement and will complete a self-assessment to fully understand your school’s stage of development, where it needs to head and how.

The master class focuses on:

  • the core challenge of improving teaching
  • building the effectiveness of the leadership team
  • developing core structures for supporting more teachers to work like the best
  • activities specifically designed to address the school’s current stage of leading whole school improvement.

Learning intention

By the end of the master class, it is intended that you will be able to:

  • understand how to achieve school improvement
  • diagnose your school’s stage of development
  • determine the appropriate strategies to move your school to the next stage in accordance with your annual improvement plan
  • apply processes that engage staff and engender their support.

Target audience

School leaders and middle leaders who have previously participated in a Leading School Improvement program.

About the facilitator

Vic Zbar has extensive consultancy and project management experience and is recognised internationally for his writing on education and a range of education reports. Before the establishment of Zbar Consulting, Vic was the Assistant Director of Human Resources in the Victorian Department of Education, having earlier been principal adviser to its chief executive, giving him an in-depth knowledge of the work of most aspects of the Office of Schools.

He is a widely-published author in education and management and in 2017 co-wrote Driving School Improvement: A Practical Guide with Pamela Macklin, published by ACER.

Previous participant testimonials

"This program provides a great focus on creating an enabling leadership structure that supports quality teaching in the classroom. There is value in attending with other members of the leadership team so you can work together, share ideas and reflect on your school’s current practice."

Lou Zeid, Principal, Carramar Primary School

“This program offered an opportunity to identify what is most important and where to start in leading a school towards improved teacher practice. This excellent presentation provided a clear framework and some practical tools to use in the process.”

Kerry Chipchase, Principal, Lesmurdie Senior High School

"The master class was very affirming of the work we have already done in this space since attending the Leading School Improvement program. It energised the team to keep the focus on what matters most – teaching and learning. It was a valuable investment of our resources."

Sharon Lyon, Deputy Principal, Ashdale Secondary College

“This professional learning was excellent. Vic outlined how to ‘diagnose’ an improvement agenda, lead a team and pursue best practice to broaden and deepen our knowledge and skills. The self-assessments, tools, processes and case studies provided were a great way for us to share strategies and reflect upon current practice and plan for improvement.”

Aaron Young, Principal, Hillman Primary School

Alignment to professional standards

Australian Professional Standard for Principals:

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


Read the Leading School Improvement evaluation report prepared by Synergistiq.

    Two-day program


    13 and 14 June 2019
    14 and 15 November 2019


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

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Dates and times

Day 1 Day 2 Times
13 June 2019
14 June 2019
9.00am to 4.00pm
14 November 2019
15 November 2019
9.00am 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 9.00am.  (Institute doors open at 8.00am.)
  • Morning tea and lunch are provided.
  • Business dress is required.


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 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 register

  • Register for Leading School Improvement: Making It Happen Master Class on PLIS.
  • Complete your details.

Further information

Please contact the Leadership Institute on 1300 610 801 or email


Leading School Improvement: Making It Happen Master Class

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