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Progressive Collective

Online applied learning and support with Dr Simon Breakspear

The Progress Collective has been designed to help you and your team to build mastery in our Agile School Leadership tools and to create cut-through in your improvement work. We want you to have more confidence, more impact and less stress in your role. Together we can build simple routines that can add up to incremental and substantial improvements.

This program is focused on providing the support you need to embed a sustainable cadence for your improvement work. Through the Progress Collective, we will deepen your skills around Clear Thinking, Responsive Action and Lean Monitoring, and help you to level up your leadership of self, team and organisation. We will enable you to rise above the urgent and focus on the next most important steps.

The processes and tools we offer are simple and effective, but not easy to do consistently. We’ve learned that by providing the right content and community we can help leaders to embed new routines and build new habits. Cumulatively building up important, incremental shifts in leadership practice is how breakthroughs happen.

Our Progress Collective is an ongoing improvement community designed to support you and your team over a year or more to embed our school improvement practices and tools into your unique context. We are constantly adding new tools, ideas and research to provide fresh inspiration and more efficient ways of working. Yet the core goal is to focus on the most essential things and embed them as ongoing ways moving forward.

What You'll Learn

The Progress Collective helps leaders develop a sustainable improvement cadence and culture with their teams.

During this longitudinal program you will:

  • Build fluency and confidence in applying the core Agile Leadership practices and tools
  • Simplify your improvement plans and refine your strategies
  • Examine and apply relevant research evidence
  • Build momentum by embedding a regular cadence for planning, execution and learning
  • Strengthening team improvement rhythms and embed a shared way of working
  • Have the option to learn and apply advanced tools to enhance strategy, implementation and evaluation

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C. Wilton

Deputy Principal

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S. Taylor

Head of School (Secondary)

How we will work together

Immersion Sessions (Quarterly, Half-day)

Our program is anchored around quarterly half-day live workshop sessions, delivered by Dr Simon Breakspear. This is the backbone of how we will work together. Practical, focussed and rejuvenating, these sessions will give you an anchor point to step out of the urgent and reconnect with the most important aspects of your role.

Make progress by applying simple and effective approaches that you know to be effective but often don’t have time to do in your busy role.

Be inspired by learning about new research and best practice examples. Engage in collaborative problem solving, clarify your thinking and plan the next cycle of your improvement work.

Momentum Sessions (Quarterly, 45-60 min)

Cut through the confusion and get focused on your most important work. These energising sessions will enable you to rise above the urgent and move into a more strategic mindset. You will leave re-energised and clear about the most important high-leverage actions to work on next.

Online Resource Portal

Access videos, tools and protocols on demand when you need them for your team. Explore our comprehensive collection of resources and return too all content that has been delivered throughout the year.

Online Community Platform

Connect with an inspiring community of leaders, share your recent thinking and seek peer feedback on your draft tools and improvement ideas.

Immersion Sessions

Our program is anchored around quarterly, half-day live digital workshop sessions, delivered by Dr Simon Breakspear and invited experts. These sessions are focused on implementation and mastery.

Be exposed to new research, best practice examples and simple tools. Be inspired and re-energised, clarify your thinking and plan for your next cycle of improvement work. In each immersion we will:

  • Create space to think through better ways of engaging in improvement work
  • Celebrate meaningful progress and the breakthroughs we’ve achieved
  • Connect with our community and be inspired by the company that you keep
  • Build your knowledge of evidence-informed school improvement work
  • Review what worked and what didn’t work over the last improvement cycle and surface new lessons and insights
  • Produce refined strategies and plans to help us leave with momentum for the next improvement cycle

The leadership immersions are the cornerstone of our program and allow us to stay in motion and build and sustain new habits and routines. Each digital session is delivered via zoom over approximately 3 hours. Join your chosen team members in your own space and be led through practical tools, examples and case studies.

If you can’t join the live session or have a clash don’t worry! We’ll record each session, and store it for you to catch up and it’s available to watch or re-watch within 24 hours after it ends.

Working alongside you every step of the way

Developing a sustainable rhythm for school improvement work takes time. We have momentum sessions, our online resource hub and an online community platform to support you to make incremental progress, stay focused and feel connected.

Want to learn more?

Hear Simon share more about the Progress Collective

How do you join?

Each year we accept limited numbers into the Progress Collective. Registration will soon open for the 2024 calendar year membership.

Participant requirements

You can join as an individual, or as a leadership team. 

In order to ensure that this program is right for you and that we are in a position to help, our team may be in contact to ask a few questions before confirming your enrolment. Please feel free to reach out to our team to set up a 15-minute call to discuss this further.

Risk-free trial period

It’s important to us that this program is the right fit for you. If after your first immersion session you feel that the Progress Collective isn’t the right support for you, you can unenroll with a full refund. This request simply needs to be received by email at within 2 weeks after the first immersion workshop.


If you have any questions, please reach out to our team on

The Collective has acted as a rich anchor for professional dialogue. It provided our team with a well sequenced series of check-ins, as opportunities to pause, reflect and gain momentum. We are deeply grateful to Simon and his team for their guidance and quality of tools they so generously shared.
A. Loreaux

Dean of Learning

The tools and processes from the Collective have dramatically enhanced the clarity of our purpose, the group thinking we are doing, the precision of our work, and the overall effectiveness and efficiency in which we now consistently attain continuous school improvement.
C. Howard


This series has sharpened my focus on how to continually improve the schools that I serve. From the models for clearer thinking, to the focused sessions on strategies or practices, and the dialogue with other people doing the work, this learning has been impactful.
C. Haley


The opportunity to work closely under the guidance and inspiration of Simon Breakspear and his team of experts is a privilege. The Agile Leaders Collective has provided us with leadership tools that work in the ‘now’. Practicing with these tools and strategies in real time and getting results has made a difference to how we lead.
A. O'Loughlin