Professional Learning Workshops

Term 3, 2020

VPA offer a range of Professional Learning Workshops throughout in the year in areas such as:
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Applying for Principal Class Positions
  • Quality Teaching Rounds Training
  • Introduction to Leadership Coaching
  • Tough Conversations
  • Planning your workforce
  • And more!
Current workshops are listed below.

Introduction to Leadership Coaching
BOOKED OUT
Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 May 2021 (two-day event)
9.00am to 4.30pm
Lunch provided
Venue: VPA Office, Unit 2, 13-21 Vale Street, North Melbourne

This workshop is for principals, heads of departments, team leaders and anyone in school or system leadership role. 

As a result of participating in this session you will:
  • Be introduced to the GROWTH coaching system
  • Be able to apply the GROWTH coaching model to a range of workplace conversations
  • Practise giving feedback and link to coaching
  • Develop next steps for taking coaching forward in your context
  • Build or continue to build a coaching culture in your workplace
Download the form here and return to Sue O'Connor at soconnor@vpa.org.au

Understanding the Student Resource Package (SRP) & Preparing a Workforce Plan (Online)
Tuesday 11 May, 2021
2.00pm to 4.00pm
Location: online


This workshop for principals and assistant principals will focus on understanding your school’s SRP and preparing an effective workforce plan for 2021.

The workshop will cover:
  • Unpacking the various components of the School Resource Package
  • Workforce planning and budgeting concepts
  • Major issues that impact on staff planning
  • Creating a sustainable workforce plan
  • Hands on modelling the SRP using your school’s data
Download the form here and return to Sue O'Connor at soconnor@vpa.org.au

Tough Conversations for School Leaders
Thursday 22 April, 2020
9.00am to 4.30pm
Morning tea and lunch provided
Venue: VPA Office, Unit 2, 13-21 Vale Street, North Melbourne

This is a one-day professional learning workshop where participants learn practical skills for holding students, parents and staff accountable for bad behaviour and breached expectations.
Lesson Framework:
  • Why people overreact
  • Self-control factors in adults and young people
  • How ‘frustration tolerance’ develops in people
  • What to tolerate: how to sort what you let go and what needs your attention
  • What people will do if you challenge them
  • A step-by-step process to address a problem
  • How to tame tigers: effectively dealing with offensive behaviour
  • A video demonstration of the concepts applied to a tough conversation between a parent and a principal
Learning outcomes:
  • Improved negotiation strategies using a scripted mediation process
  • Better understanding of how to be less affected by someone else’s frustration, and how to manage their emotional distress
  • Strategies to progress the conversation towards a pre-planned outcome
  • Practical demonstrations of principals and school leaders managing difficult parent and staff behaviour, including what to do and what to say to achieve better outcomes
  • Readings and literature for follow-up research
Download the form here and return to Sue O'Connor at soconnor@vpa.org.au

Applying for Principal Class Positions
Monday 26 April
9.00am to 3.00pm
Lunch provided
Venue: VPA Office, Unit 2, 13-21 Vale Street, North Melbourne


This workshop has been designed for aspiring Assistant Principals and Principals.

It will be delivered by members of the VASSP team:
  • President Sue Bell, former Principal of Wantirna College, Monash College at Monash University and Acting Principal of Melbourne High School
  • Executive Officer Vicki Forbes, former Principal of Brentwood Secondary College and former Regional Network Leader
  • Field Officer Garry Schultz, former Principal of Belmont High School
Download the form here  and return to Sue O'Connor at soconnor@vpa.org.au