Victorian Aspiring Principal Assessment
AudiencePrincipal classTeacher leaderTeacher
Next IntakeTerm 2
DurationMinimum 5 weeks (self paced)
FeesDET Fully Subsidised
Providing your development pathway to principalship
The Victorian Aspiring Principal Assessment (VAPA) is part of a system-wide approach to identify and prepare Victoria’s next generation of principals.
VAPA enables aspiring principals to:
- evaluate their readiness for the principal role
- identify their development needs
- create an evidence base for professional recognition of past performance.
Delivered by Bastow in partnership with the University of Melbourne, VAPA is accessible to all Victorian aspiring principals to complete in their own time and in their own environment.
Participants are provided with expert guidance and feedback at each stage of the process by VAPA assessors, who are experienced, retired school principals.
VAPA is for all Victorian educators who intend to apply for a principal role – either now or in the future.
VAPA’s mixed-method assessment process includes:
- the creation of a portfolio of evidence-based practice
- 360-degree feedback from colleagues (including emotional intelligence)
- an interview.
Each assessment component is evaluated by trained VAPA assessors.
The assessment is self-paced. The minimum time commitment is around 15 hours and can be completed in as little as 5 weeks, including portfolio creation. The maximum completion time is 3 months.
VAPA participants will complete the following tasks:
|Task / mode||Time commitment|
|Nominate your raters (online)
Provide contact details of your current principal (or equivalent supervisor) and agree for them to nominate raters for 360-degree feedback.
|Up to 5 minutes|
|Create and submit a portfolio (online)
Assemble a range of existing materials you have produced independently and/or as part of a team with annotations to show your unique contributions.
|Up to 12 hours|
|Attend an interview (in person or online)
Present your portfolio to an assessment panel and provide additional evidence (if required) to demonstrate your individual leadership expertise.
|Up to 90 minutes|
|Receive feedback (telephone)
Participate in a telephone debrief with a VAPA assessor.
|Up to 60 minutes|
|Total||Up to 15 hours|