• Audience
    Principal class
    Leading teacher
  • Next Intake
    Not scheduled
  • Location
  • Duration
    12 months
  • Mode
  • Fees
    $770.00 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 primary and secondary 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.

Over a school year, teams are expected to actively engage in and contribute to:

  • 5 core face-to-face workshop days with a focus on leadership and literacy
  • preparatory micro-lessons and readings between workshops
  • development and implementation of a School-based Literacy Initiative (SLI)
  • presentation of your SLI project during workshop 5
  • online electives in key literacy areas.

Online electives for primary:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Vocabulary
  • Spelling

Online electives for secondary:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Vocabulary
  • Literacy Across the Curriculum 

To successfully complete this course you must attend 80 per cent of the workshops and complete at least 1 online elective. This online elective will be the focus of your SLI. The estimated time commitment for the elective is 30 hours.

How does Leading Literacy differ from Literacy Local Leaders?


Leading Literacy

Literacy Local Leaders

Delivered by

Literacy experts

Literacy experts who have completed the Literacy Master Trainer course


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

Individual participants

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 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

By participating in this course, team's will develop their 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.

Credits for Bastow professional learning

Charles Sturt University offers subject credits for a range of Bastow professional learning, including Leading Literacy.

Subject credits reduce the time commitment and tuition costs for postgraduate study.

For more information, see Recognition of Bastow professional learning.

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

Co-contribution: $770 (incl. GST) for each team member from Victorian government schools. 

See Fees and financial support for more information.

Acceptance in Leading Literacy is dependent on an application process.

Leading Literacy is available for primary and secondary school participants. The course has been designed to differentiate learning for secondary and primary contexts. 

There are limited places available with preference given to school teams that demonstrate a readiness to engage with the course. 

How to apply for Leading Literacy 

  1. To start your application click on the 'View dates and apply' button.
  2. Select the intake you wish to apply for. Make sure that you can attend all workshop dates that are listed for your intake. 
  3. When completing your application form make sure you include all members of your school team who will be attending the course. Your team should include principal class member that can make decisions about change in your school. 
  4. Once you complete your team application form, you will be sent an email with a link to Award Force. You need to create an Award Force login to answer the key selection criteria questions and complete your application.
  5. Set up your team on Award Force so they can all answer the key selection criteria questions. Make sure that your team is the same as the one that you put into the application form.
  6. The person who sets up the team on Award Force will need to answer the key selection criteria questions first, so the rest of the team can answer their questions. 
  7. Make sure all team members have completed their key selection criteria questions by the closing date. 
  8.  If your application is successful will you be notified by email. In the email, you will need to accept your offer to be included in the course. 
  9. Course instructions will be sent to each team member by email with course details, including venue and dates.  A calendar invite for all workshop dates will be included in the email. Please accept them so it's in your calendar.

Places in the course are non-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.

Ngaire Leighton and Ingrid Wittman
Course Coordinators

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