Agile School Leadership Program

Learn the essentials of Agile School Leadership

Next cohort starting in August 2022 - Registrations Open

The Agile School Leadership program is an intensive, 12-week online workshop designed by Dr Simon Breakspear for high-performing school leadership teams who want to level up and lead meaningful change.
Now, more than ever, we need dynamic school leaders, powerful teams, and resilient organisations.

Our mission is to help committed school leadership teams to create sustainable impact. We support school leaders – Principals, DPs, APs, Heads of Department, Head Teachers, Learning Specialists and Instructional Leaders – to build their improvement capability.

Delivered by Simon and our expert facilitators, the program is designed to get you and your team running successful evidence-informed improvement approaches in a way that is appropriate for your unique educational context.

Course outcomes

  • Embrace and model agile mind-sets during complex educational change work
  • Apply Agile Leadership frameworks and skills within their own roles
  • Refine their improvement priorities and plans, and clarify their precise intended pathways for impact
  • Develop a clear process for leading an iterative improvement journey that can adjust for the human dynamics of change in schools
  • Adopt and embed the plans, routines and norms of highly effective responsive teams
  • Harness formative evaluation to monitor the progress, successes, failures and roadblocks in the improvement journey as it unfolds
  • Continuously refine and sharpen their strategies and plans for improvement based on their own ‘learning by doing’ within their own context


Cost per person: AUD $899 plus GST per person. Discounts are available for teams of 4+.

Delivery mode: All components of this program are delivered digitally (online). We use the Zoom platform to deliver our live workshop sessions.

Program start date: Our next cohort kicks off on 9th August 2022.

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How You’ll Learn

Live stream digital workshops

Three half-day digital leadership immersion sessions with Simon to develop skills and fluency in the use of our tools.

Online resource hub

A comprehensive online video curriculum to provide a deep understanding of our core methodology.

Tools & Templates

Downloadable tools & templates to enable sustain leadership practice change beyond the program.


Tutorial Sessions

Two optional live tutorial sessions (50 min each) so you can master the use of specific tools.

12 month access

Enjoy access to our online resources hub with full recordings of all workshops & tutorials for a full 12 months.

Meet Your Instructors

Dr Simon Breakspear


Dr Simon Breakspear is a researcher, advisor and speaker on education policy, practice and change. Simon develops frameworks, tools and programs that make evidence-based ideas easy to understand and apply.

Over the last decade he has worked with over 100,000 educators across 10 countries. Simon is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales, and an advisor to the NSW Department of Education School Leadership Institute.

He earned his PhD in Education from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Gates Scholar.


Dr Ryan Dunn

Ryan has considerable experience within education and has advised and collaborated with schools and districts across Australia, the USA and Canada. As a Director as Breakspear Learning Ryan has worked extensively with leaders in Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, New South Wales and Alberta to support leadership development at a system, network and school level.

Ryan is also lecturer at a leading University in Australia where his work focuses on teacher professional learning, educational leadership, practitioner research and primary mathematics. 

Ryan completed his PhD under the supervision of Professor John Hattie. His PhD focused on the effectiveness of educational design research as a form of teacher professional learning. 

Enrol as a team

This program is designed specifically for leaders and their teams who are currently working within a school environment.

The practice and application of school improvement, creating powerful teams, and resilient organisations are highly collaborative and team based—which is why we believe that learning is better together. Take a course as a team and develop new skills and mindsets, have deeper discussions and debrief sessions throughout the program, and build a shared understanding.

Participating teams often include: Principals, DPs, APs, Heads of Department, Head Teachers, Learning Specialists and Instructional Leaders.

Loved by learners across the globe

Find out what some past participants have to say about our program

This program has refined what the leadership team is doing so that we can provide a clear structure to staff.  It has changed my way of thinking to be more precise and targeted with my actions, and the proformas have made it simple to implement.

Anna Evans

Head Teacher, Liverpool Hospital School

This program has helped refine the school improvement process – making a large-scale project manageable through the use of targeted dialogue and explicit planning.

Michael Mattei

Senior Leader Reading Improvement, Paralowie R-12

Having a chance to work as a leadership team, apply learning to our own context and spend time talking through areas of improvement within our own site is something we rarely have time to do. The different tools gave us a more succinct way of moving through the process so that we can remain focused and driven and we look forward to sharing it with our staff.

Sarah Button

Senior Leader, Stradbroke School

The program has provided some really effective and efficient tools to support our work as a leadership team. The mixed mode of delivery has been easy to follow and very engaging. The Agile team has been very supportive and helpful in coaching sessions.

We are now clear, more focused and targeted on our improvement.

Elizabeth Burton

Director, Salisbury Downs Preschool

The whole premise of doing less in a focused, productive and deep way really resonated with me. Love the clarity of it all!

Michelle Maher

Deputy Principal, Callaghan College Waratah Campus

It gave a great insight in how to be realistic in your approaches, how less is more and how to make a real change to the lives of children and our own practises.

Jessica Anderson

Teacher, Dorothy Hughes Kindergarten

I have been involved in numerous Leadership programs over the years. This one has been particularly excellent. It doesn’t matter how many courses you do over the years, this course has fresh and up to date ideas which has been refreshing. The format is terrific.

This program has provided me with new ways of thinking and working. It has also provided me with the evidence to confidently push back on demands from sources outside of my school.

This program has provided our team with a simpler view of moving forward in our school planning.

Deanie Nicholls

Principal, Nana Glen Public School

The learning gained from this program will support me to work with a team of leaders and teachers in a direct and effective manner.

Shelly Brown

Senior Leader, Paralowie R-12

It was wonderful to be involved in a process that intentionally and simplistically connects leadership experiences and behaviours with solution focused strategies and tools. Simon and Ryan are very personable and makes the experience practical for all involved. The in-between (tutorial) sessions allow you to go further and monitor your own learning.

We’re now moving in a clear direction as a School Improvement team. The program really built our understanding of how to effectively and clearly build effective practices.

This course has given our team a clear structure to move forward in our school improvement work. It has helped us target and track our work and is definitely a process we will continue to use moving forward!

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