Inspire: Local Leaders

  • Audience
    Principal class
  • Next Intake
    Network based
  • Location
  • Duration
    7 months
  • Mode
  • Fees
    DET Fully Subsidised


Build your school leadership capabilities to make a difference in your school and network, and to succeed as a leader.

The Building Local Leadership initiative is an important part of the Victorian Government’s Education State reforms, helping increase the number of quality leaders for school leadership roles.

The initiative includes 2 programs:

  • Inspire: Local Leaders program
  • Facilitator Training program.

The Inspire program provides high potential leaders with the foundational capabilities required for school leadership. The program develops the knowledge and skills needed to start making a difference in a school, and ensures participants are well-trained, well-networked and well-prepared to succeed as a leader.

The Facilitator Training program will prepare up to 200 principals, assistant principals and senior regional staff to deliver Inspire to high potential leaders in their schools and networks.

A blended delivery model enables this highly scalable approach to reach larger audiences.


Inspire: Local Leaders is designed for teachers who are highly effective in their own classrooms and are ready to take the next step in their professional journey by developing themselves as teacher leaders.

The Facilitator Training program is designed for principals, assistant principals and senior regional staff.

The Inspire program is delivered locally in schools and networks by trained facilitators who have completed the Facilitator Training program.

Inspire: Local Leaders program

Over 7 months you are expected to engage in and contribute to:

  • 7 face-to-face workshops (2 x 2.5 hours and 5 x 3 hours)
  • 5 online modules on leadership
  • applying learning in your classroom or school
  • leadership self-assessment diagnostics
  • focusing on your personal leadership pathway. 

Facilitator Training program

To prepare for your first delivery of the Inspire program, you are expected to engage in and contribute to:

  • 1 day of facilitation skills training to prepare to deliver 7 face-to-face workshops (2 to 3 hours each)
  • familiarity with Inspire course materials and content
  • liaising with your network to promote the program and identify potential participants
  • planning with your co-facilitator to identify dates and venues to deliver the program in your network.

Inspire: Local Leaders program

By participating in this program, you will develop an understanding of:

  • a school leader’s role and sphere of influence in regards to lifting student outcomes
  • the foundation principles and theory of leadership
  • techniques for improved emotional intelligence and how it influences performance, self and leading and working in teams
  • how to develop relationships that build staff capacity to improve curriculum, pedagogy and assessment and work effectively with parents and the broader school community
  • evidence and data and how they can be used to drive change in teacher practice and student outcomes
  • leading change, including managing resistance to change and mobilising resources
  • a personal leadership plan including your movement into leadership roles.

Facilitator Training program

By participating in this program, you will develop an understanding of:

  • the Inspire: Local Leaders program design and purpose
  • how the program achieves its objectives through intentional design choices and consider how these impact the learner experience
  • how to embody the Inspire program’s principles through consistent quality delivery and continually seeking to improve the overall participant experience
  • adult learning principles in professional learning and how to apply them
  • the content and structure of the Inspire program
  • how to develop relationships with principals and local leaders to strengthen local networks
  • how to conduct needs analysis and prior learning assessments for adult learners
  • your facilitation skills in both face-to-face and online environments
  • coaching skills to support individual and team development
  • techniques to give ongoing feedback and assessment of understanding and skill acquisition.

Acceptance into Inspire: Local Leaders is dependant on a selection process.

Only apply for the network in which your school is located.

If you are unsure which network your school is in, please see the regional map (edugate login required).

Daniel Mazurkiewicz
Course Coordinator
03 8199 2933


Carla Camassa
Course Coordinator
03 8199 2928

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