• Duration
    4 months
  • Location
  • Mode
  • Fees
    $165.00 Co-contribution

Actively engage families and your school’s community to positively impact student outcomes.

Young people spend less than 20 per cent of their waking hours at school, so actively engaging families and communities is an essential component of any learning improvement initiative.

Disruption to student learning in recent times has created an even greater need to bring our collective resources together to enable the best possible outcomes for all children and young people.

Partnering to Improve Learning explores strategies for strengthening and building your school‘s relationships with families and the wider community, including community agencies and services, local businesses and philanthropic organisations. It focuses on doing things differently – not doing more.


Designed for Victorian government school teams of up to 4 people comprising:  

  • a principal
  • up to 3 staff members who may be school improvement team members or community liaison staff. 

Small schools can participate in teams that include at least 2 principals from the same network. 

If you are from a non-government school and are interested in participating, please contact the course coordinator to discuss eligibility. 


Facilitators for Partnering to Improve learning are highly respected and experienced practitioners with both academic and practical expertise. 

Silent Partners is committed to leadership and learning excellence. They provide leadership development, coaching and support for professionals in education, not-for-profit organisations and industry. They also facilitate the development of sound governance processes and have a long history in stakeholder and community consultation.

Over 4 months, you are expected to engage in and contribute to:

  • online workshops (8 half days and 1 full day)
  • self-directed learning (up to 1 hour per week)

Online workshops

Online workshops - including 5 core workshops and 4 elective workshops - are delivered over 8 half days and 1 full day.  

During the workshops, you will hear from leaders and practitioners from school, community, business and philanthropic settings.

Your team will need to select an elective related to your school context. Electives include:

  • Partnering with families
  • Partnering with business and communities

Further information on the content of the electives will be provided in Workshop 1.

Elective schedule

Partnering with families

  • Workshop 1: 23 August
  • Workshop 2: 31 August
  • Workshop 3: 12 October 
  • Workshop 4: 18 October

Partnering with business and communities  

  • Workshop 1: 24 August
  • Workshop 2: 1 September
  • Workshop 3: 13 October
  • Workshop 4: 19 October

Self-directed learning

Self-directed learning activities in your own time (approximately 1 hour per week) include:

  • working with your team to develop and progress a problem of practice
  • brief pre-workshop readings, videos and podcasts.

You will gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • how mindsets, including cognitive biases, impact effective partnering
  • the positive impact of family and community engagement on student outcomes
  • strategies for engaging more effectively with families, community agencies and services, local business and philanthropic organisations
  • how to employ strategies to foster and measure the effectiveness of family and community partnerships
  • the complexities of partnering with external stakeholders to improve student outcomes.

This course is significantly subsidised by the Department of Education and Training.

Co-contribution: $150 (incl. GST) for each Victorian government school participant.

See Fees and financial support for more information.

Acceptance into Partnering to Improve Learning depends on the outcome of a selection process.

  1. Please click on ‘View dates and apply’.
  2. You will need to nominate a ‘team leader’ to complete the application form on behalf of your team.
  3. Your team will need to respond to two questions to be considered for the course:
  • Question 1: What has prompted you to apply for this course?
  • Question 2: What would success look like for you on completion of the course?

Once the selection process has been completed your team will be notified of the result.

Last updated 07 June 2022