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APCLC-EPL Leader Learning Programmes 2019 and 2020
for Senior School Administrators, Aspiring Principals, Vice Principals,
Newly Appointed Principals and Serving Principals


In 2019/20, the APCLC and Department of Education Policy and Leadership (EPL) of EdUHK successfully won several competitive principal and teacher leader professional development grants for providing leader learning programmes to senior school administrators, aspiring principals, vice principals, newly appointed principals and serving principals in the local education community. These programmes include:

(i) Needs Analysis and Preparation for Principalship Course for Aspiring Principals (An EDB Accredited Leadership Learning Programme);
(ii) Structured Support Programme for Newly Appointed Principals of Secondary and Special Schools (NAPs); (An EDB Commissioned Leadership Development Programme);
(iii) Programme on Legal Matters in the School Context for School Principals (An EDB Commissioned Leadership Development Programme);
(iv) Programme of Leadership Enhancement for Serving Vice Principals (An EDB Commissioned Leadership Development Programme); and
(v) Educational Administration and Management Course for Senior School Administrators in Secondary Schools (An EDB Commissioned Leadership Development Programme)

Needs Analysis and Preparation for Principalship Course for Aspiring Principals
(An EDB Accredited Leadership Learning Programme)
(Programme Director: Cheng Yin-cheong; Programme Coordinator: Hui Wai-tin)
  In July 2002, the Education Bureau announced that from 2004/05 all newly appointed principals must attain the ”Certification for Principalship” (CFP). The first key components of the CFP are the completion of a personal leadership Needs Analysis (NA) and “Preparation for Principalship Course (PFP)” for aspiring principals. The Education Bureau of HKSARG has accredited The Education University of Hong Kong to deliver the NA and PFP in Hong Kong.
 
The overall aim of the NA is to provide Aspiring Principals with an initial gauge of their strengths and developmental needs so that they can:
 
Assess their suitability for the principal role, and
 
Design a meaningful personal professional learning plan geared toward achieving leadership potential.
 
As outcomes of the NA, aspiring principals will:
 
Receive feedback indicating their current strengths and weaknesses in relation to the context of school leadership in Hong Kong;
 
Develop a greater personal awareness of their leadership within school-based management;
  eExamine the quality of their leadership within school-based management;
 
Reflect critically on their motivation and desire to become a principal; and
 
Identify what they need to do in order to better prepare for the principalship.
 
The PFP course comprises six leader learning modules, and training workshops for action plan writing as well as personal professional development portfolio preparation.
The six modules include:
 
Module 1 – Strategic Direction and Policy Environment
 
Module 2 – Learning, Teaching and Curriculum
 
Module 3 – Teacher Professional Growth and Development
 
Module 4 – Finance, Resource and Staff Management
 
Module 5 – Quality Assurance and Accountability
 
Module 6 – External Communication and Connection to the Outside World
 
Course participants will be able to complete the six modules in 75 contact hours. Participants will then move on to conduct their Action Learning Projects.

Structured Support Programme for Newly Appointed Principals of Secondary and Special Schools (NAPs)
(An EDB Commissioned Leadership Development Programme)
(Programme Director: Cheng Yin-cheong; Programme Coordinator: Hui Wai-tin)
  This Programme aims to equip NAPs with the leadership insights, knowledge and skills so as to bring successful schooling and promote local education standards. As outcomes of the Programme, NAPs will:
 
Be ready to serve as a bridge of communication between the school management and the teaching staff and to play an important role in school management; and
 
Establish a leader learning network of NAPs and experienced serving principals (SPs) so that the NAPs and SPs can benefit from mutual sharing of knowledge and wisdom with regard to professional development, new initiatives and concerns pertaining to Hong Kong secondary and special education.

Programme on Legal Matters in the School Context for School Principals
(An EDB Commissioned Leadership Development Programme)
(Programme Director: Cheng Yin-cheong; Programme Coordinator: Hui Wai-tin & Lu Jiafang)
 
This Programme aims to enhance school principals’ awareness and understanding of legal knowledge and related concepts, and put them into practices to carry out their leadership roles in school management more effectively.:
 
As outcomes of the Programme, school principals will:
 
Understand the basic legal concepts that include the Basic Laws and ordinances in Hong Kong in the school context pertaining to school management such as the Education Ordinance and Education Regulations, Employment Ordinance, Disability Discrimination Ordinance, Sex Discrimination Ordinance, Personal Date (Primacy) Ordinance, and Dangerous Drug Ordinance; and
 
Translate the above legal concepts and ordinances into practice with a view to better protecting teachers and students legally.

Programme of Leadership Enhancement for Serving Vice Principals
(An EDB Commissioned Leadership Development Programme)
(Programme Director: Cheng Yin-cheong; Programme Coordinator: Hui Wai-tin & Lu Jiafang)
 
Through the understanding of leadership theories and management practice in a business organisation or an NGO, vice principals will:
 
Possess global perspectives of leadership beyond the school context;
 
Gain a strong understanding of leadership in their business organization or NGO;
 
Develop a deeper understanding of their leadership potential;
 
Enhance their leadership knowledge and skills for transfer to the school setting with adaptations; and
 
Become more effective school leaders.
 
Educational Administration and Management Course for Senior School Administrators in Secondary Schools
(An EDB Commissioned Leadership Development Programme)
(Programme Director: Cheng Yin-cheong; Programme Coordinator: Hui Wai-tin)
  The Educational Administration and Management Course comprises 6 components, including:
 
Curriculum Development
 
Support for Student Development
 
School Administration and Staff Development
 
Selected learning modules: Crisis Management / Public Relations and Communication / School Document / Team Building
 
Learning Celebration: Presentation and Completion Ceremony
 
Additional Learning Topics: DISC and Case Study & Learning
  Course participants will be able to complete the above mentioned in 45 contact hours.

To know more about APCLC-EPL Leader Learning Programmes, please visit the APCLC website.