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Evolve: New Principals

  • Audience
    Principal class
  • Next Intake
  • Location
  • Duration
    3 months
  • Mode
  • Fees
    DET Fully Subsidised

Establish yourself in your new role as principal with this transformative program.

Evolve supports new principals to thrive as school leaders by building on strategic and tactical capabilities, creating strong support networks and building behaviours that sustain health and wellbeing practices.

Evolve has a strong focus on personalising and contextualising your learning to enhance your expertise and experience.

The program will support you to develop and build the capabilities you need as a principal to make a real difference to student outcomes and to your school community.

Evolve supports the 'Professional leadership' priority of the Victorian Education State Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO).


Designed for newly appointed first-time principals and acting principals.

The facilitators understand the nature of the principal role and therefore have designed a program that is tailored to your needs and context, without creating a significant time burden.

Over 3 months, you will engage in and contribute to:

  • 4 virtual workshops (90 minutes each)
  • 3 Peer Learning Group sessions (90 minutes each)
  • mentoring (up to 12 hours)
  • self-directed learning (2–5 hours).

Virtual workshops

You will participate in four 90-minute virtual workshops.

The virtual workshops will unpack key topics as identified during the needs analysis assessment, including:

  • mental health and wellbeing in times of crisis
  • Annual Implementation Plan priorities through the lens of student-centred leadership
  • having challenging conversations and leveraging trust
  • change management in turbulent times
  • strategies for building and sustaining community engagement in learning.

The virtual workshops are interactive and will explore research, provocations and case study scenarios.

Peer Learning Groups

Peer Learning Group (PLG) sessions will give you the opportunity to develop a strong support network. PLGs are facilitated sessions for 5–8 participants from similar school contexts.

PLGs provide a formal opportunity to discuss concerns with peers in a confidential setting. You will be supported to discuss, question and reflect on your shared challenges and aspirations for the principal role.

You will be able to share experiences in your school as well as receive expert advice and support from the facilitator.


Mentors are highly experienced retired principals who can share their expertise, guide your decision-making, and act as sounding boards and trusted advisors.

You will work with your mentor to identify learning goals that reflect your own experience and your school priorities. The Principal Mentoring program allows you to manage when and how you want to access your mentor support of up to 12 hours over 6 months.

Self-directed learning

Self-directed learning activities in your own time (approximately 2–5 hours across the program) are designed to support your learning and include:

  • undertaking pre- or post-workshop readings
  • contributing to discussion boards
  • completing workshop evaluations 
  • exploring supporting resources, materials, questionnaires or articles.

The program is designed around 3 integrated strands of work:

  • Strategic leadership: acquire and apply deep knowledge of your school context and culture to lead continuous school improvement.
  • Technical leadership: demonstrate effective technical capability in the management of your school.
  • People leadership: develop your personal leadership capability, including knowing self, building trust, and fostering wellbeing and resilience.

You’ll gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • the accountabilities of the principal role
  • strategies for effective goal setting
  • processes that support collaborative problem solving
  • models that support the establishment of effective relationships and build trust
  • how to improve teaching and learning
  • how to build a school culture of resilience and wellbeing.  

You’ll develop the skills to:

  • critically reflect on your leadership development and behaviours
  • analyse data to identify challenges and apply effective problem-solving processes
  • influence and build a culture of trust within your school community
  • effectively lead the development and enactment of Annual Implementation Plans
  • develop and use resources, systems and tools to lead improvement.

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

Samantha Thornton
Sneior Project Officer
7022 0549

Bella Di Lullo
Course Coordinator
9084 8582

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