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Leading School Improvement

About the program

Leading School Improvement is designed for members of the school leadership team and is part of the Leading School Improvement program suite. Additional programs include:

Using the latest research, principals and their leadership team will have the opportunity to strengthen their work relating to leading whole school improvement and build on their current practice, which impacts on every classroom and every student.

Leading School Improvement 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. A goal of this program is to help build a cohesive, high-functioning team that will have a positive effect on the school.

Participants will gain insights into how to approach whole school planning to achieve the best results possible for students. They will explore their current school environment to help determine a starting point for improvement. This will help the team to focus on what matters, to systematically plan for improvement that best suits the needs of the students and the community.

Leading School Improvement draws the links between strong leadership, high functioning teams and effective school planning that is achievable in a performance and development culture of learning.

The program examines the challenges of leadership and what leadership looks like when implemented correctly in a highly effective environment.

It’s an exciting program that offers leadership teams a new approach and a chance to see things through a different lens.

Leading School Improvement 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.

Learning intention                                    

To equip school executive teams 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

Principals 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.

Read the Leading School Improvement evaluation report prepared by Synergistiq.

    Four-day program
    over two to three months


    Multiple cohorts


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    Leading School Improvement
    Participant Feedback

    John Burke
    Former principal
    Belridge Secondary College
    Foundation principal
    Inner City College

    Download video transcript

    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 Friday
8 March 2019
8 April 2019
6 May 2019
7 June 2019
Cohort 2 Monday
27 May 2019
21 June 2019
29 July 2019
29 August 2019
Cohort 3 Friday
26 July 2019
23 August 2019
20 September 2019
17 October 2019
Cohort 4 Friday
6 September 2019
18 October 2019
8 November 2019
29 November 2019

All programs run from 8.30am to 4.00pm.

Register now.


$800 per person for Leading School Improvement. It is recommended principals attend this program with members of their leadership team.


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 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 on PLIS.
  • Complete your details and payment.

Further information

Please contact the Leadership Institute on 1300 610 801 or email


Leading School Improvement

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