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Evolve: New Principals

  • Audience
    Principal class
  • Next Intake
    Not scheduled
  • Location
  • Duration
    10 months
  • Mode
  • Fees
    DET Fully Subsidised

Establish yourself in the principal role with this transformative program.

Evolve supports new principals to develop and thrive as school leaders, building on strategic and tactical capabilities as well as the social and cultural competencies required to foster wellbeing.

Evolve leverages your expertise and experience, with a strong focus on personalising and contextualising your learning.

By the end of the program, you’ll know what it takes to be a school principal who can make a real difference to your students’ 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.

To participate in Evolve you must commit to the significant time and effort required.

Over 8 months, you are expected to engage in and contribute to:

  • face-to-face workshops (5 days)
  • mentoring (up to 12 hours)
  • self-directed learning (6 – 15 hours)

Coaching is available on request.


The face-to-face workshops are delivered over 5 days.


As part of the program you have up to 12 hours of one-on-one mentoring.

Your mentor will provide timely support and share their expertise, including the technical skills and knowledge needed to successfully lead and manage a school. Self-directed learning

Self-directed learning

Self-directed learning activities in your own time (approximately 2 – 5 hours per workshop) include:

  • pre-workshop readings
  • leadership diagnostic tools such as the AITSL Self-Assessment and Management Capacity Checklist
  • online contributions to discussion boards
  • workshop evaluations.


Coaching is available through the program on request.

Coaching is customised and will focus on your specific needs, helping you to apply your learnings from the program.

The program is designed around 3 integrated strands of work:

  • Improvement leadership: acquire and apply deep knowledge of your school context and culture to lead continuous 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, 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.

Recognition of learning

If you choose to do your Master of Education degree or Master of International Education degree at Charles Sturt University, you can apply for subject credits.

See Recognition of Bastow professional learning for more information.

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

Government school participants can claim CRT funding.

Travel and accommodation subsidies are available for eligible schools.

For more information, visit Fees and financial support.

Camille Ruiz
Senior Course Provision Adviser
03 7022 2768

Expression of interest