On completion of your Self-Assessment, you will receive an email invitation to provide an annotated sample of your practice against selected Performance Indicators from the Victorian Aspirant Principal Assessment (VAPA) Leadership Framework.
The Sample of Practice will be assessed by experienced retired principals to determine whether you proceed to the VAPA or whether you require further development.
Sample of Practice Information
The Sample of Practice will comprise:
- a short biography
- annotations that are concise, self-reflective explanations
using the Situation-Action-Outcome format and showing evidence
of your current competence (maximum of 300 words per Performance
When you receive your email invitation to provide a Sample
of Practice, you will be asked to submit your biography and
annotations through an online form. You will not receive
a copy of the answers you provide in the online form. We
therefore strongly recommend that you complete and save your
Sample of Practice using this
template, and then copy and paste your answers into the
online form when you are ready to formally submit. This template
has identical wording to the online form and lists the Performance
Indicators that you are required to annotate against.
Please refer to the
Sample of Practice Guide for advice on developing a Sample
of Practice and examples of a completed biography and annotations.
Within two-to-three weeks of submitting your Sample of Practice
you will be notified whether an assessor has recommended
that your proceed to the VAPA. At this time, you will receive
written feedback against your Sample of Practice and you
will be provided with the opportunity for more detailed feedback
to further your professional development. Please consider
Professional Development template throughout your VAPA
experience (and beyond!) to catalogue your strengths, areas
for professional growth, and guide the development of your
goals in your
Performance and Development Plan.
If you are recommended to proceed to the VAPA you may (depending
on numbers) receive a formal offer for the next intake, so
please ensure you indicate your acceptance as soon as possible.
For further details regarding the requirements and your expected
commitments for the VAPA, please refer to the