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Leading School Improvement

About the program

Leading School Improvement is designed for members of the school leadership team.

Using the latest research, principals and their leadership team will have the opportunity to strengthen their work relating to leading whole school improvement and building 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 – Building a Culture for Sustainable Change
  • Module 2 – Identifying the Need for Change
  • Module 3 – Planning to Make a Difference
  • Module 4 – Converting School Planning into Action in the Classroom.

The modules are sequential, cumulative and lay the foundations for improving the performance of schools. 

Learning intention                                    

By the end of this program, it is intended participants will be able to:

  • apply research about educational change and effective schools
  • recognise common elements of successful school leadership in Western Australian public schools
  • reflect more effectively on their current practice
  • identify areas in need of change
  • develop effective plans to impact on student outcomes
  • understand their role in leading school improvement in the context of school autonomy.

Target audience

The principal 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.

Leading School Improvement program suite

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

    Four-day program
    over two to three months

    Multiple cohorts



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Complementary program

As school leaders committed to whole school improvement, participants may also be interested in the complementary Instructional Leadership: Learning Leadership for School Improvement and Innovation. Instructional leadership plays a key role in the quality and variability of instruction between teachers, which has an effect on student learning. Successful school leaders create an environment that motivates teachers and provides them with opportunities to increase their capability, which leads to continuous improvement in the standards of teaching and learning. The five-day Instructional Leadership program introduces and unpacks modules that will provide school leaders with the opportunity to be successful in a variety of contexts..

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  Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4
Cohort 1 Thursday
5 April 2018
4 May 2018
15 June 2018
23 July 2018
Cohort 2  Wednesday
20 June 2018
14 August 2018
12 September 2018
12 October 2018
Cohort 3 Wednesday
1 August 2018
3 September 2018
10 October 2018
21 November 2018
Cohort 4 Tuesday
21 August 2018
10 September 2018
11 October 2018
27 November 2018
*Regional Cohort Monday
7 May 2018
8 May 2018
18 June 2018
19 June 2017

* Please note, the 'Regional Cohort' is suitable for both regional and metropolitan school leadership teams. Participants will attend on two sets of two consecutive days, in an attempt to cater for regional attendees and their travel arrangements.

All programs run from 8.30am to 4.30pm.

Register now.


$840 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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