Principal Preparation Program

Professional Learning format:

  • Face to face and online professional learning
  • Shadowing of an experienced principal


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“I feel extremely lucky to have been involved in this program, all of the elements; 360, shadowing, expert speakers, face to face group work, triads, personal inquiry, etc. was fabulous.”

“Always supportive yet challenged our thinking. I have learned so much over the past 12 months in relation to both the role of the Principal and leadership. Thank you for such a comprehensive program.”

Danica Holloway

“Thank you so much for this program. It was such a valuable experience on all levels, from the sessions through to the opportunities to connect with colleagues from varied backgrounds, who bring new experiences and ways of thinking to very complex issues.”

“I felt stretched and energized through the experience and found the content practical and easy to apply.”

Ryan Kinder


This eight-day program aims to further develop the leadership capabilities and preparedness of aspirants to undertake the role of school principal in the near future.

The program includes participation in the AITSL 360° Reflection Tool.

Program format:

  • Two days face to face professional learning
  • Two days online professional learning
  • Four days shadowing of an experienced principal

Participants will further develop their leadership capabilities and preparedness to undertake the role of principal by deepening understanding of the following areas (aligned to the Australian Professional Standard for Principals):

  • the role of the principal as a senior manager in the Department of Education
  • the development of self as a leader
  • leading the development of school culture
  • educational leadership and its impact on school improvement
  • using inquiry and data-informed strategies as an improvement process.


  • Leading teaching and learning
  • Developing self and others
  • Leading improvement, innovation and change
  • Leading the management of the school
  • Engaging and working with the community

The program is open to aspiring principals who are currently working, in a leadership position in the DoE.  It is expected that interested participants will be considering applying for the principalship within the next two years.  Enrolment in this program is via an Expression of Interest (EOI) selection process. Please use the forms below for all application material.

Applications close Wednesday 28 April.

 Pre-requisites for application:

  • full teacher registration with the Teachers Registration Board of Tasmania
  • leadership experience within a school context (Acting principals are eligible to apply).

 Online applications are to be submitted via the PLI website using the forms provided.

Applications must include the following four components:

  1. 1000 word Expression of Interest

Selection Criteria: EOIs will be assessed against the Lead Teacher career stage in the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. These include the following focus areas and descriptors:

  • Know students and how they learn: Lead processes to evaluate the effectiveness of teaching programs using research and workplace knowledge about how students learn.
  • Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning: Exhibit exemplary practice and lead colleagues to plan, implement and review the effectiveness of their learning and teaching programs to develop students’ knowledge, understanding and skills.
  • Engage in professional learning: Advocate, participate in and lead strategies to support high-quality professional learning opportunities for colleagues that focus on improved student learning.

Include examples of how you have built capacity in yourself and others in the context of these criteria.

  1. 200 word statement: “How could this program support me to grow my understanding of the school principalship?”    (link to principal Statement of Duties to assist in understanding the role further)
  2. Two referee reports: one must be from your current principal/manager
  3. 2 page CV

Desirable experience, detailed in CV:

  • Significant ‘in-school’ leadership experience
  • Leadership experience across more than one school
  • Leadership in a range of contexts

Online applications are to be submitted via the PLI website by clicking on ‘Enrol’.

Principal Preparation Program application form

Principal Preparation Program – Referee Report 

Workshop 1 – Tramsheds, Launceston

Wednesday 16 June 2021

8:45am – 3:30pm

Workshop 2 – Online

Wednesday 4 August 2021

9:30am -2:45pm

Workshop 3 – Online

Wednesday 22 September 2021

9:30am -2:45pm

Workshop 4 – TBA

Wednesday 10 November 2021

8:45am – 3:30pm