Leading Literacy

  • Audience
    Principal class
    Leading teacher
  • Next Intake
    Not scheduled
  • Location
  • Duration
    6 months
  • Mode
    Face to face
  • Fees
    $660.00 Co-contribution


Learn how to create and sustain the organisational conditions that enable exemplary literacy practice in primary and secondary school settings.

Leading Literacy equips school teams with the tools, skills and knowledge they need to lead improved literacy outcomes and influence change across the school.

The course focuses on literacy and leadership. The leadership component builds the capabilities and dispositions you require to lead school improvement for improved student outcomes. The literacy content and pedagogical knowledge component gives you key capabilities to embed high quality literacy practice.

Leading Literacy is part of our Literacy Suite.


Designed for vertical school teams and for individuals from small schools.

Teams should include a member of the principal class, a leading teacher and a classroom teacher. Small schools are welcome to submit individual applications, or partner with other regional small schools to apply as a team.

This course is undertaken over a school year.

Primary school teams are expected to actively engage in and contribute to 35 hours of professional learning consisting of:

  • 5 core workshop days with a focus on writing/vocabulary or reading/vocabulary
  • preparatory and ongoing professional reading
  • development and implementation of a School-based Literacy Initiative (SLI)
  • presentation of SLI project online.

Secondary school teams are expected to actively engage in and contribute to 50 hours of professional learning consisting of:

  • 5 core workshop days
  • 2 elective workshops, in reading/writing across the curriculum, writing in English, or vocabulary
  • preparatory and ongoing professional reading
  • development and implementation of a SLI
  • presentation of SLI project at the end of the final core workshop.

Places in the course are not transferable and only school team members who have submitted an application can attend workshops. Schools are not able to swap staff once the course has started.

To successfully complete this course you must attend 80 per cent of the workshops (plus 1 elective, in the case of secondary participants).

How does Leading Literacy differ from Leading Literacy for Networks?


Leading Literacy

Leading Literacy for Networks

Delivered by

Literacy experts

System leaders who have completed the Literacy Master Trainer course


Vertical school teams consisting of a principal class member, leading teacher and classroom teacher

Individual participants (Literacy Leaders)

Key learning outcome

Equips the vertical school team with the tools, skills and knowledge to embed high quality literacy practice and influence change across their school

Develops individual Literacy Leaders’ pedagogical content knowledge, including effective teaching and assessment practices to promote and influence explicit and high-impact literacy teaching in their school

School context

Primary and secondary

Foundation to Year 8

You will develop an understanding of:

  • current Departmental literacy initiatives and resources
    • Literacy Strategy
    • FISO with a particular focus on the Excellence in Teaching and Learning and Professional Leadership priority areas
    • Literacy Teaching Toolkit
    • School Leaders’ Guide
    • the High Impact Teaching Strategies
  • current research on the nature of literacy and how literacy is acquired
  • the pedagogical approaches that are most effective in maximising student outcomes
  • strategies that optimise student motivation and engagement
  • leadership models and frameworks that facilitate successful change in teaching and learning that leads to school improvement
  • leadership capabilities that positively influence student outcomes
  • how to identify and plan a literacy initiative.

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

Co-contribution: $660 (incl. GST) for each Victorian government school participant

See Fees and financial support for more information.

Acceptance into Leading Literacy is dependent on the outcome of a selection process.

  1. To start your application click on the 'Apply Now' button. 
  2. Select your preferred intake on the Intake dates and apply page. 
  3. Once you complete the application form, you will be sent a confirmation email that includes a link to Award Force. Award Force is used by Bastow to manage applications. You need to create an Award Force login to continue with your application.
  4. You will need to respond to the key selection criteria by the closing date to be considered for the course. 

Once the selection process has been completed you will be notified of the result and asked to accept your offer. An invoice will be sent which needs to be paid within 7 days to secure your spot.

Helen Brooker
Course Coordinator
03 8199 2993

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