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Leading Pedagogy

  • Audience
    Principal class
    Teacher leader
  • Next Intake
    Not scheduled
  • Location
  • Duration
    5 workshop days over 6 months
  • Mode
  • Fees
    $594.00 Co-contribution

Leading Pedagogy focuses on improving and building the capabilities and confidence of school leaders to deepen teachers’ pedagogical knowledge.

You will learn to build an effective and sustainable whole-school approach to teaching practice using the Department’s Victorian Teaching and Learning Model, with a focus on the Pedagogical Model.

You will leave with a better understanding of how to establish a school culture committed to enhancing the quality of teaching practice to improve student outcomes.

Leading Pedagogy supports the 'Excellence in teaching and learning' priority area of the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO).


Designed for primary or secondary school teams who want to develop a whole-school approach to leading and managing pedagogical practice.

Teams must include:

  • a principal or assistant principal
  • a teacher leader
  • a classroom teacher responsible for leading a team/school initiative.

This team structure supports a whole-school approach to improving pedagogical practice.

To participate in Leading Pedagogy, all team members must commit to the significant time and effort required.

Small schools are encouraged to submit individual applications, or partner with another school in their region to apply as a team. 


Facilitators for Leading Pedagogy are highly respected and experienced practitioners with both academic and practical expertise. 

University of New England Partnerships is the vocational education and corporate training arm of the University of New England. They have a long and successful history of collaboration providing subject matter expertise and experience in bespoke instructional design. 

Learn more about why Victorian educators choose Bastow for their leadership professional learning at Why Bastow?

Leading Pedagogy is structured around 4 learning modules:

  • Module 1: Understanding and enacting educational leadership
  • Module 2: Fostering a growth culture in school for powerful learning
  • Module 3: Evidence-informed decision-making for sustainable improvement
  • Module 4: Leadership inquiry project.

Over 6 months, you are expected to engage in and contribute to:

  • face-to-face workshops (5 days)
  • self-directed learning (12–16 hours)
  • online activities (12 hours)
  • school-based inquiry project (12–15 days)


Workshops will be delivered over 5 days. Each workshop will unpack the learning modules.

Workshop 1

Explore the personal qualities and interpersonal skills required to effectively lead pedagogical improvement, innovation or change.

Workshop 2

Engage with evidence to consider the culture of your school, and how you can develop and enhance professional learning to facilitate a culture of trust, collaboration, and growth, where innovation can flourish.

Workshop 3

Better understand the knowledge and skills required for evidence-informed leadership practice to develop the capacity to engage with a range of data sources to translate information into actionable goals.

Workshop 4

This last workshop brings together the learning from the course, with groups presenting their Leadership Inquiry Project findings (supported by a submission of final project documents).

Self-directed learning

Self-directed learning activities in your own time (approximately 3–4 hours per module) include:

  • pre-workshop activities, including readings and reviewing multimedia content such as podcasts, pre-recorded lectures and videos
  • assessment preparation, including collecting and reviewing school data
  • contributions to online discussion boards.

Online activities

There are a number of online activities (approximately 3 hours per module), including:

  • facilitated online discussions
  • school-based team and facilitator check-in sessions.

School-based inquiry project

This project will give your school team the opportunity to contextualise and apply the knowledge and understandings developed throughout the course. The key deliverables for this project include a report and presentation.

It is anticipated that this project will take you 12–15 days to complete.

You’ll gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • the approaches and skills required to effectively lead pedagogical practice improvement and innovation
  • the conditions that create a school culture of trust, collaboration and shared leadership
  • how to engage with and translate a range of data into actionable improvement goals
  • how to implement inquiry-based improvement.

You’ll develop the skills to:

  • effectively lead and manage pedagogical practice in your school
  • appraise your school’s culture, systems and practice to develop a culture of trust and inform pedagogical innovation or change
  • confidently analyse data and communicate analytical findings to internal stakeholders and key decision-makers to inform sustainable improvement.

This course is significantly subsidised by the Department of Education and Training.

Co-contribution: $594 (incl. GST) for each Victorian government school participant.

See Fees and financial support for more information. 

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

  1. To start your application, click on the 'View dates and apply’ button.
  2. Select your preferred intake on the dates page and press 'Apply'.
  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. Respond to the key selection criteria and submit your application. 
  5. Each team member is required to follow this process to submit their application.

Key selection criteria:

  • Outline your reasons for applying for Leading Pedagogy, including connections to relevant school documentation and what you hope to gain from completing the course.
  • If you were to achieve excellence in leading pedagogy, what would success look like in your school?
  • What challenges do you experience when leading school-wide improvement initiatives within your school?

Camille Ruiz
Senior Course Provision Advisor
03 7022 2768

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