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Principal Mentoring

  • Audience
    Principal class
  • Next Intake
    On demand
  • Location
  • Duration
    6 months
  • Mode
  • Fees
    DET fully subsidised

Expand and enhance your leadership capability with the support of a mentor.

Principal Mentoring provides you with support from a trusted peer with first-hand experience and an understanding of the exciting, unique and challenging aspects of the role.

You’ll be matched with a mentor according to your learning needs and the context of your school setting. The mentoring experience involves shaping your own outcomes with advice, guidance and informed opinions of you mentor on a range of aspects.

Mentors use their own experiences to articulate how you can deal with situations and provide advice and guidance on how to proceed. 

Coaches use questioning techniques to assist you to discover and clarify solutions and encourage you to determine your next steps. If you are interested in a less directive approach to leadership development explore Leadership Coaching.


Designed for principals and acting principals at any stage of their career.

Assistant principals (depending on context) may also be eligible for the program. To discuss your eligibility, email or phone 8199 2986.


Mentors are highly skilled, retired principals specifically trained to support the program.

Mentors have expertise in a range of areas including leading pedagogy, data analysis, human resource and financial management, technical skills, change management and innovation.

You will have access to 12 hours of mentoring over 6 months.

The program allows you to manage when and how you access the support, either online or via telephone.

You will:

  • enhance your leadership capability by reflecting on your current leadership practice
  • explore new responsibilities and improved performance
  • view feedback as an integral part of improving your performance
  • acquire new skills and knowledge from your mentor
  • accept responsibility for your development and growth.

For professional development in skill-based areas explore Strategic Management for School Leaders.

Fully subsidised by the Department of Education and Training for Victorian government school participants.

Register now to start the mentor matching process.

Ensure you provide as much detail as you can when answering the questions, as this information is used to assist with the matching process, and ensures you are matched with a suitable mentor.

It is expected you will be allocated a mentor within 2 weeks of submitting your application.

Alexandra Mitea
Senior Project Officer
8199 2986