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Partnering to Improve Learning

  • Audience
    Principal class
    Teacher leader
    Educational support staff
  • Next Intake
    Not scheduled
  • Location
  • Duration
    6 months
  • Mode
  • Fees
    $550.00 Co-contribution

Young people spend less than 20 per cent of their waking hours at school, so actively engaging families and communities is an essential component of any learning improvement initiative. When schools strengthen these relationships, they can tap into the environment that has the greatest impact on student outcomes.

This course explores strategies for strengthening and building your school‘s relationships with families and the wider community, including community agencies and services, local businesses and philanthropic organisations.

Teams will work together on a problem of practice specific to your context and priorities.


Designed for vertical school teams of up to 3 people, including a principal class member and up to 2 staff members (who may be school improvement team members or community liaison staff).

Small schools can participate in teams that include at least 2 principals from the same network.

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

  • 5 workshop days (including 2 elective workshop days)
  • online discussion forums
  • team-based tasks, including readings, videos and podcasts.

This includes 1 to 2 hours per week, plus the workshop days.

Using the FISO Continua of Practice, your team will develop a problem of practice to focus on during the course. 

Your team will select an elective subject related to your school context. Electives include:

  • Partnering with families
  • Partnering with business and community
  • Partnering with indigenous communities
  • Partnering with ‘hard to reach’ communities.

Note: elective dates are not captured in the schedule but will be finalised during workshops 1 and 2. 

Leaders and practitioners from school, community, business and philanthropic settings will provide input throughout the course.

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

  • how mindsets, including cognitive biases, impact effective partnering
  • the positive impact of family and community engagement on student outcomes
  • strategies for engaging more effectively with families, community agencies and services, local business and philanthropic organisations
  • how to employ strategies to foster and measure the effectiveness of family and community partnerships
  • the complexities of partnering with external stakeholders to improve student outcomes.

Acceptance into Partnering to Improve Learning depends 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 2 questions by the closing date to be considered for the course:
  • Question 1: What has prompted you to apply for this course?
  • Question 2: What would success look like for you on completion of 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.


Carla Camassa
Course Coordinator
03 7022 2459

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