Principal for a Day®

  • Audience
    Principal class
  • Event date
  • Location
    Victorian government schools
  • Duration
    1 day
  • Mode
    Face to face
  • Cost
    DET fully subsidised


The Principal For A Day® (PFAD) program, now in its 19th year, operates in government primary, secondary, P-12 and special schools across Victoria. PFAD is funded by the Department of Education and Training, through Bastow and coordinated by the Australian Council for Educational Research. 

​The program aims to:

  • increase understanding and awareness between schools, business and the wider community
  • promote the great work that schools do
  • provide business and community leaders with first-hand and current experiences of schools
  • enable school principals to develop on-going relationships with leaders from other spheres
  • increase opportunities for schools and the community to work together in mutually beneficial ways.

On the event day the 'principal for a day' shadows a principal and participates in normal day-to-day activities in a school. Other activities usually include a tour of the school buildings and discussions with students and teachers.

PFAD can be an opportunity to explore the potential for an ongoing partnership or to consolidate an existing relationship.


School principals benefit from sharing insights on leadership with successful leaders in other sectors; showcasing their school to business and community leaders; and developing ongoing and mutually beneficial relationships for their school and students.

Business and community leaders benefit from sharing skills, ideas and perspectives on organisational leadership; gaining a unique insight into the issues facing schools and the work they do; and the chance to make a contribution to the community.

For more information or to register, visit Australian Council for Educational Research