Principal Induction Program

The Principal Induction Program seeks to build the professional skills and personal leadership capabilities of principals in their early years. The program has been designed to meet the most pressing challenges encountered in the role as well as to enable participants to envision and lead emerging futures for their school. It is a ten-day program (delivered both face to face and online) spaced across the school year.

You will learn from experts in the field and explore concepts including:

  • Current and emerging issues for Independent schools
  • Building relationships with the chair and board
  • Managing people
  • Financial and risk management of schools 
  • Critical incident, media and reputation management
  • Leading learning
  • Leading with strengths
  • Adaptive Leadership Framework

Days 1 and 2: 4 and 5 March
Day 3 and 4 (online): 2 and 3 April
Days 5 and 6: 15 and 16 May
Day 7 and 8 (online): 4 and 5June
Days 9 and 10: 20 and 21 June

Target Audience
This program is for newly appointed school principals during their first three years in the role.

Addressed Standard Descriptors


This professional learning experience meets the criteria for NESA Accredited PD in the optional Priority Area of Leadership to support the learning outcomes of students/children.

What do participants say?

Fiona Johnston

St Hilda's Anglican School for Girls, WA

The opportunities to learn and grow, both professionally and personally, through the AIS Principal Induction Program have been exceptional and overwhelmingly rewarding.

Having completed both the AIS Flagship Program and most recently the Principal Induction Program, I feel empowered, supported and ready to embrace new adventures in my new role as Principal of St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls in Perth.

Craig Randazzo

Skillset Senior College, NSW

The program was conveniently scheduled to suit our very full diaries, and provided essential information, support and networking opportunities that I know will have a lasting and significant positive impact.

I also appreciated the informal culture that developed over time that allowed individuals to build trust within the group, which allowed highly authentic exchanges and rich learning from the field. In my view the PIP is a must for all new school Principals to ensure they are across all the essential elements of such a high stakes role.

Ian Hewitt

Trinity Christian School, ACT

The Principal Induction Program was about the rich content and the journey with others in this new and often lonely role for the first time. Principals come with a range of professional backgrounds and experience. To be able to gain further knowledge and insight across such a diverse range of topics over the course of the year was invaluable in filling in some of those gaps, as well as sharing experiences with others.

The coaching was affirming and assisted me to work through the range of challenges which new principals face with the reassurance that we do have the capacity and expertise to lead our schools.