Programme Information

Programme Information

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Certificate in Professional Development Programme on School Improvement and Leadership (FULL)

(Full-time Block Release)
Programme Code: BWP122

Programme Code: BWP122 (FULL)
Mode of Study: Full-time Block Release
Duration: 5 Weeks
Venue: Tai Po Campus
Programme Co-ordinator: Dr Ho Chun Sing Maxwell
Programme Enquiries: 2948 8008 (Ms Lai)

Programme Aims

The purpose of the Programme is to nurture school leaders on school improvement and instructional leaders conducive to effective pedagogical practices. This programme aims to help participants to:

  • acquire understanding of different perspectives and theories related to school improvement and school evaluation;
  • apply the acquired knowledge to analyse how schools develop, improve and formulate school plans;
  • acquire practical and contextualised strategies to initiate school improvement in context and develop a self-improvement mechanism;
  • become an instructional leader implementing pedagogical practices conducive to students’ learning, through orchestrating whole-school efforts; and
  • conduct pedagogical research.

Programme Structure

The programme comprises three courses:

  • Foundations on School Improvement (3 credit points)

    This course focuses on theoretical foundations on school improvement and leadership, evaluation models of school education, comprehensive school improvement projects in the local context, macro planning of school improvement: contextual analysis, planning and implementation and study of change agents regarding local school improvement.

  • Issues and Advancement in School Improvement (3 credit points)
    This course focuses on approaches and strategies to initiate action learning and research-related school improvement projects, the essence of school improvement: an inquiry into teaching and learning effectiveness, addressing emerging issues of education and curriculum reform in Hong Kong: catering learners’ diversity, self-directed learning and e-learning, case studies and experience sharing from principals and middle managers in schools and group discussion and presentation.

  • Guided Improvement Project (3 credit points)

    This course focuses on an understanding of research findings related to classroom and pedagogical practices, how to conduct pedagogical research and guided improvement projects related to school improvement.

    Participants will be assessed with either assessment task:

    1. Individual assignment of each course with about 3000 words (100%); or
    2. Cross-courses assignment of about 6000 words (70%), group project and presentation (20%) and Individual performance in the group (10%).

Medium of Instruction

The medium of instruction is mainly Chinese and will be supplemented by English where appropriate.

Programme Duration

The programme offers once a year tentatively from 19 April 2021 to 22 May 2021. #

# No class on 19 May 2021 (Public Holiday)

Entrance Requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants should be:

  1. serving primary, secondary or special education school teachers, middle leaders, vice principals, preferably those responsible for teacher development and school improvement; and
  2. recommended by school principals.

Remarks: Each school can recommend more than one teacher.


To be awarded a Certificate of Completion, participants must have obtained a pass in all required assessment tasks and successfully fulfilled the attendance and any other assessment requirements as stipulated in the programme guidelines.

Other Information

This Government-funded programme is supported by the Education Bureau (EDB). Schools which release teachers to take this programme are eligible for supply teachers, if deemed necessary. Government and aided schools shall contact the EDB for detailed arrangements. Private and DSS schools shall make their own arrangements for the employment of supply teachers.

Participants who complete our PDPs are eligible to apply for credit transfer if they enroll in our postgraduate programmes. Their applications will be considered on an individual basis.