Leading Curriculum and Assessment

  • Audience
    Principal class
    Leading teacher
  • Next Intake
  • Location
  • Duration
    9 months
  • Mode
  • Fees
    DET Fully Subsidised


Note: it is a pre-requisite for the principal class member and at least one other member of the school team to attend a half-day orientation session prior to applying for this course. Click 'View dates and apply' to register for an orientation session.

Learn how you can positively impact student outcomes through effective leadership of curriculum planning, implementation and assessment across your school.

Develop the skills you need to analyse school data to:

  • evaluate the impact of teaching practice
  • monitor student learning progress
  • inform instruction
  • identify professional learning needs. 

Leading Curriculum and Assessment caters to all school settings through contextualised content and applied learning. The course is evidence-informed and draws on a variety of sources, including state curriculum and contemporary research. Your team will use local evidence, including student voice and school data, to support planning for school-wide professional learning.

This course directly supports the Curriculum Planning and Assessment dimension under the Excellence in Teaching and Learning and Positive Climate for Learning priorities of the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes. 


Designed for school teams that include at least 1 principal class member and 2 leading teachers who have some responsibility for curriculum and/or assessment development.

At least 1 of the leading teachers should have their own classroom teaching responsibilities and 1 should have team or domain leadership responsibilities.

Over 9 months, your team is expected to engage in and contribute to:

  • an orientation session prior to application (to make sure the course fits your needs)
  • 6 workshop days
  • in-school investigations, evidence gathering and context analysis
  • regular team meetings to share progress and strategies 
  • ongoing professional discussions and learning with your staff
  • blended learning where individuals and teams can draw upon resources to design for the learning of colleagues and students in their contexts.

Course intakes

There will be 4 intakes offered to attendees of the orientation sessions.

Start date  Location

27 February 2020


3 March 2020


30 April 2020





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

  • student agency and partnering with community can strengthen curriculum and assessment
  • student learning can be improved by better aligning, balancing and connecting curriculum offerings
  • review and analysis can strengthen the quality and design of work units
  • assessment can be used to better uncover where students are in their learning and the implications for teaching
  • to lead and support the development of all school staff designed to maximise the impact of teaching and learning
  • to create and shape cultures to enable continuous, collaborative and inspiring learning for all.

The course fees are significantly subsidised by the Department of Education and Training.

The orientation session is free to attend. Successful applicants are required to confirm their enrolment with a non-refundable co-contribution of $700 + GST per participant within 7 working days. 

The cost covers facilitator support and feedback, learning resources, morning/afternoon tea and lunch at the workshops.

Acceptance into Leading Curriculum and Assessment is dependent on completing a 2-step process: 

Step 1: Register and attend a half-day orientation session*

The orientation session will provide participants with essential information regarding the course content. School teams will be supported to make an informed and confident decision about whether or not to proceed with Leading Curriculum and Assessment.

At least 1 principal class member and 1 other member of the school team must attend this session. Remaining team members are welcome to attend if available.

Note: attending the orientation session is a mandatory step in the application process.

Click 'View dates and apply' to register for an orientation session. 

*Alternative access options may be available for regional participants. Contact the course coordinator for more information.

Step 2: Apply to attend the course

If your team decides to progress with the course, you are required to complete a short application outlining your school context and learning needs. Details regarding how to complete Step 2 of the application process will be provided during the orientation session.

Paige Gibson
Course Coordinator 

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