Professional Learning Workshops

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The VPA provides a range of professional development programs for principals, assistant principals and aspiring school leaders each term. Programs are designed to meet the needs of members, and are run by the Association.




Managing the Unmanageable

Date: Thursday 19th & Friday 20th October

Cost: Members $1,100, Non-Members $1,250


Leading people can be a tough gig. You are expected to manage your own workload, emotions and
issues; support those with possible mental health concerns; implement change initiatives; and deal with
underperformance in a complex and constantly changing legal environment… all whilst maintaining
morale and productivity.

Returning again in 2017, this popular two day program will give you the skills to understand and manage these issues pro-actively and confidently.



Tough Conversations

Date: Monday 23rd October

Cost: Members $260, Non-Members $290


We are excited to present a new professional learning program, Tough Conversations which will be facilitated by Michael Hawton.

Michael has been a psychologist since 1988 and a former teacher. He has worked as a mediator in the Family Court of Australia. Michael has written two books: Talk Less Listen More and Engaging Adolescents. Most of Michael’s career has involved working with parents and teachers regarding behaviour management. He is the course developer of Tough Conversations, Engaging Adolescents and 1-2-3 Magic and Emotion Coaching.

The workshop will equip primary school leaders with the essential tools to manage conflict, reduce stress and achieve positive outcomes with parents, students and colleagues.

Workshop Overview:

  • New skills to manage emotional stress – both your own and other people’s.
  • Ways to negotiate solutions to problems using a scripted mediation process.
  • Strategies to progress conversations toward achieving a pre-planned outcome.
  • Practical demonstrations of how school leaders can manage difficult behaviour in others.
  • Learn what to do and say to achieve better outcomes.



School Governance - Strategic Management for School Leaders

Date: Friday 27th October

Cost: $25 per person
Venue: VPA Learning Centre, North Melbourne


VPA, VASSP and the Bastow Institute, along with Sharon Butler from Silent Partners, offer this workshop to leaders who wish to develop their understanding and skills in the role as Executive Officer of School Council. You will learn to respond strategically to changing demands and challenges, and gain skills in handling both the technical and relationship management aspects of the role.


To register click here



Workforce Planning for 2018

Cost: Members $100, Non-Members $120

Dates & Venues: 

Thursday, 12 October 2017 from 8.45am to 12.30pm
Shepparton High School, 31-71 Hawdon St Shepparton

Friday, 13 October 2017 from 8.45am to 12.30pm
Reservoir High School, 855 Plenty Road, Reservoir

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 from 8.45am to 12.30pm
Cranbourne Park Primary School, Tucker St, Cranbourne

Tuesday, 24 October 2017 from 8.45am to 12.30pm
Ballarat High School, Sturt St West, Ballarat

Wednesday, 25 October 2017 from 8.45am to 12.30pm
Golden Square Primary School, 19 Maple St, Golden Square

Tuesday, 31 October 2017 from 8.45am to 12.30pm
Traralgon College Junior Campus, Shakespeare St, Traralgon

Friday, 3 November 2017 from 8.45am to 12.30pm
Information Technology Centre, Oberon Primary School. 28 Dorothy Ave, Belmont, Geelong


The VPA and VASSP are offering a workshop, facilitated by Bill Hunt, designed to help principals and leadership teams align their personnel and resources with the school’s goals and targets so they make the most difference.

The workshop will cover:

  • Workforce planning and budgeting concepts
  • Major issues that impact on staff planning
  • Creating a sustainable workforce plan
  • Deficit and surplus management strategies
  • Hands on modelling with the SRP Planner using your school’s data


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