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Partnering to Improve Learning

  • Audience
    Principal class
    Teacher leader
    Educational support staff
  • Next Intake
  • Location
  • Duration
    4 months
  • Mode
    Face to face
  • Fees
    $150.00 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 4 months, you are expected to engage in and contribute to:

  • face-to-face workshops (3 days)
  • online electives (2 days)
  • self-directed learning (up to 1 hour per week)


Face-to-face workshops are delivered over 3 days and online workshops are delivered over 2 days.

There are 3 core workshops and 2 elective workshops.

During the workshops, you will hear from leaders and practitioners from school, community, business and philanthropic settings. 

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

  • Partnering with Families
  • Partnering with Business and Community. 

Further information on the content of the electives will be provided in Workshop 2. 

Elective schedule 

  • Elective Workshop 1: Partnering with Families | Friday 10 September
  • Elective Workshop 2: Partnering with Families | Friday 15 October
  • Elective Workshop 1: Partnering with Business and Community | Thursday 9 September
  • Elective Workshop 2: Partnering with Business and Community | Thursday 14 October

Self-directed learning

Self-directed learning activities in your own time (approximately 1 hour per week) include:

  • contributing to online discussion forums
  • working with your team to develop and progress a problem of practice 
  • pre-workshop readings, videos and podcasts. 

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. Visit the dates page to start your application.
  2. Select your preferred intake.
  3. You will need to nominate a team member to complete the application form on behalf of your team.
  4. Your team will need to respond to 2 questions 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 your team will be notified of the result. 

An invoice will be sent which needs to be paid within 7 days to secure your spot.

Michelle Brown
Course Coordinator

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