• Duration
    3 months
  • Location
  • Mode
  • Fees
    Fully Subsidised

Enhance your capacity to drive strategies for improvement consistently in your school.

Leading School Improvement will develop your understanding of the connectedness of schools, regions and system efforts towards school improvement.

You will learn how to grow instructional and shared leadership approaches within your school while connecting with like-minded peers.

You will be supported to use FISO 2.0 to understand the relationship between student learning and wellbeing outcomes, school reviews, your school strategic plan and your annual implementation plan.

This program will develop your understanding of the leadership capabilities and dispositions required to use adaptive expertise to solve complex problems of practice within your school.

You will contextualise your learning through an improvement project addressing a challenge which you have identified and be supported to refine during the program. This improvement project will be a focus during program’s sessions and activities.

You will learn how to be strategic, flexible and agile when implementing short-, medium- and long-term changes in line with your school strategic plan.


Designed for Victorian government school principals, who have the option to invite a second participant such as:

  • an assistant principal
  • an education improvement leader
  • a senior education improvement leader.

This program caters to all school principals regardless of location, context and size. Small school and special school principals have been considered in the design and delivery of this program and are encouraged to attend.


Delivered by EY Education, a global provider that brings together bespoke teams of education professionals with extensive knowledge and skills across a broad range of disciplines.

The facilitation team brings a wide range of experience in learning design and development, and expertise in various aspects of education from leading the implementation of school improvement reforms, change management, adolescent psychology, right through to academia.

The team comprises:

  • Bruce Armstrong, subject matter expert
  • Michelle Bickley-Miller, subject matter expert
  • Mark Brear, director, people advisory services
  • Dr Sonia Sharp, partner, people advisory services
  • Jill Tulloch, associate partner, people advisory services.

Over 4.5 months, you will engage with and contribute to:

  • 5 online workshops (16 hours)
  • 4 individual online coaching sessions (4 hours)
  • self-directed learning tasks (10–15 hours)
  • optional school improvement thought leadership webinars (1–2 hours each).

Online workshops

The online workshops are delivered over five 2-4 hour sessions.

Workshop 1: developing self and others

Examine the centrality of leadership to school improvement in the context of an understanding of how improvement typically occurs and the stages through which it goes.

Workshop 2: setting direction

Examine how to make things consistently happen in your schools and take people with you.

Workshop 3: leading teaching and learning

Deepen your understanding by drilling down into the stages of whole school improvement and the key strategies associated with each.

Workshop 4: learning from others

Hear from a panel of successful principals about how they have led improvement through their schools.

Workshop 5: developing a culture of coaching and analysing your impact

Focus on building a culture of coaching in your schools that enables you to have the conversations you need to have. It also includes your own culminating presentation on your leadership work and its impact through the course.

Coaching sessions

Individual coaching sessions provide an opportunity to receive and build on feedback as part of a continuous path of improvement, problem solving, developing expertise and skills. Coaching sessions are available to principal participants only.

Self-directed learning

Self-paced learning activities in your own time will include 5 school-based tasks that will guide you step-by-step on how to self-assess your leadership approach, assess your leadership team’s culture, and effectiveness as well clearly shaping and articulating an improvement initiative specific to your school and having the critical conversations you need to have.

Thought leadership webinars

Engage with contemporary research and practice related to school improvement while having the opportunity to continue to connect to your peers.

You will gain the skills to:

  • identify the central role of leadership in school improvement
  • diagnose the stage of development of your school
  • apply processes that engage staff and other stakeholders to engender their trust and support
  • increase awareness of your own leadership strengths and weaknesses to develop a personal leadership improvement plan.

Fully subsidised by the Department of Education for Victorian government school participants.

Last updated 25 September 2023