Women in Schools Advanced Leadership Program - Women & Leadership New Zealand

Women in Schools Advanced Leadership Program

Supporting the development of exceptional women leaders in New Zealand schools.

WLA Schools ALP Course

Program Snapshot

Ideal for

Senior women leaders in schools


6-months, part-time


2 hours per week

Total learning time

40.5 professional learning hours




Master of Educational Leadership

I loved this course. The [program] represents the next level of learning in terms of gaining professional knowledge about key leadership issues within a school environment. Our facilitator was fantastic, continually providing feedback that was genuine, specific, and helpful ... The quality of the webinars was of a very high level and of the right frequency. I have already strongly recommended this course to several of my peers, two of whom are undertaking the course later this year.

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Program overview

A transformational experience to help women leaders thrive

Tailored exclusively for senior women leaders in schools to address the specific challenges and aspirations you face. During the program, you’ll develop the interpersonal and behavioural skills vital for effective leadership.

The Women in Schools Advanced Leadership Program provides teachers with the equivalent of 40.5 professional learning hours.

  • Take your school leadership skills to the next level
  • Develop essential skills in communication, decision-making, and team building
  • 6-month online program flexible enough to fit into your busy schedule
  • High impact, applied learning for immediate effect
  • Tailored to senior women leaders in primary and secondary schools
  • Expert facilitation, interactive webinars, peer coaching and self-paced learning modules
  • Connect with peers and build your supportive networks

    Your fast-track to a Masters of Educational Leadership

    Graduates of the Women in Schools Advanced Leadership Program may be eligible for credit towards a Master of Educational Leadership qualification at Monash University. This credit pathway significantly reduces the time and cost involved in studying a Masters.

    Learn from the experts in school leadership

    Benefit from our unparalleled expertise and nearly 20 years of experience in supporting women leaders in schools. We have a deep understanding of the unique challenges school leaders encounter. By blending the latest research, leadership best practices, and peer learning experiences, you'll develop the essential skills, strategies, and networks you need to thrive.

    [The] program has had a profound impact on my career, and has been without a doubt the best professional course I have ever done. I did the [program] whilst I was a deputy principal, and the skills and confidence that I gained throughout the program gave me the self-belief to apply for and get the position of principal. Don’t hesitate to do this program! It is interesting and invigorating but most importantly extremely helpful.


    I learnt to stop and take time for myself and importantly to reflect on my practice as a school leader. I really enjoyed getting to know the other participants and having meaningful learning discussions with the group. As a result I now consider others’ personality traits and learning styles. Ultimately, the course enabled me to grow as a leader and be proud of who I am. Thank you for my new knowledge and the comfort that I feel in my personal, professional skin.


    The course was exceptionally good for broadening my horizons towards future career progression, goal setting, developing mentoring and coaching skills, dealing with conflict, and setting up a strong professional network with other aspiring female leaders. I am happy to say that I am still in contact with a number of these wonderful women.

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    Learning outcomes

    Build the leadership capabilities to set you up for success

    Develop the capabilities to lead successfully in the contemporary school environment

    Enhance leadership capabilities through continuous self-development.

    Apply case study learnings and adaptive leadership principles to broader contexts.

    Work with peers to explore strategies, and refine approaches to common issues

    Facilitate growth in others

    Embrace a transformational ‘leader as learner’ mindset

    Program Modules

    During the program you will explore:

    Mindful and authentic leadership

    Identify the traits and behaviours that define exceptional leaders and consider how to synthesise your personal goals with your role to optimise your impact and stay focused.

    Adaptive leadership

    Explore the theory of Adaptive Leadership and the six principles that underpin the theory.

    Conflict and feedback

    Learn to reframe conflict and feedback as proactive performance management tools that can lead to better awareness and positive outcomes.

    Mastering influencing and negotiation

    Explore the psychology involved in influencing others and negotiating for a particular outcome.

    Leading innovation and change

    Identify your immunity to change and explore the barriers and resistance which can hinder innovation and change. Examine leadership challenges during times of crisis to understand how you can help build a flexible, agile organisation.

    Wellbeing and resilience

    Develop targeted strategies for managing the individual emotional demands associated with school leadership challenges.

    Creating my path

    Create a coherent and dynamic ‘game plan’ for future career and life fulfilment and consider the steps you need to take to fully realise your career potential.

    Program Experience

    A high-impact development experience for women leaders.

    The Women in Schools Advanced Leadership Program combines expert tuition, peer knowledge sharing, practical application, and personal reflection. Including interactive online sessions for rich discussion and debate, peer coaching sessions to develop coaching skills, self-directed learning with various resources accessible anytime. Giving school leaders an opportunity for collaboration, skill development, and practical learning.

    Enquiries and Enrolments

    To find out more or enrol, fill out the enquiry form and one of our friendly Program Advisors will be in touch.

    Program Fees

    Standard fee: $4,190 + GST
    The enrolment fee covers all tuition, program related materials and access to the online learning management system.