Leading Decision Making in Your School


The course takes place over two days through a combination of delivery of content, discussion of the elements of decision making, analysis of historic scenarios and exploration of hypothetical scenarios. Participants will be expected to place themselves  in the role of the decision maker to better understand the various component parts. Participants will be expected to put their learnings into action in their own school between the two days of the course and to report back to the group for joint evaluation of practice. It is expected that course participants will have a basic understanding of Departmental policies and practices relating to decision making in public schools and will be expected to undertake pre-reading prior to the course.

School leaders and aspiring school leaders will gain a sound knowledge of the elements of educational leadership decision making in schools, including the evidentiary basis for decisions, a framework within which to make those decisions and practical examples of how decisions may be analysed and implemented. This will encompass:

  • professional knowledge and interactions with colleagues to extend that professional knowledge (6.3.3);
  • professional ethics and an understanding of adherence to the Department’s Code of Conduct (7.1.3);
  • expanded knowledge and working understanding of knowledge of administrative, regulatory and other requirements in schools (7.2.3); and
  • effective communication strategies to interact with school, community and professional groups (7.4.3).

Fee: $400


Completing the Leading Decision Making in Your School course will contribute to 12 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 6.3.3, 7.1.3, 7.2.3, 7.4.3 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient or Highly Accomplished Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Evaluation Comments:

  • Very useful and good opportunity to connect with colleagues to discuss critical issues to our daily job.
  • Real world applications and case studies.
  • The information shared really helped to clarify decision making process.
  • Peter is an expert. So good to hear from such an experienced and knowledgeable professional.
  • Decision Making Framework is invaluable for supporting the myriad of significant decisions we need to make on a daily basis.

Target Participants

School principals, executives and teachers in leadership roles or aspiring to leadership roles


Two separate face to face day workshops with a school based activity to be completed between the two days.