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Needs Analysis (NA)
Preparation for Principalship Course (PFP)
Admission, Payment, Withdrawal & Refund
Assessment & Graduation Requirements
Instructor Team
Special Feature


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Application for The Needs Analysis (NA) & Preparation for Principalship (PFP) Course 2020-21 is CLOSED.

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With effect from the 2004/05 school year, aspiring principals have to fulfil the "Certification for Principalship" (CFP) requirements set by the Education Bureau (EDB) before they could be considered for appointment to principalship. The attainment of CFP comprises of three components within a two-year CFP process:

1. Successful completion of a Needs Analysis (NA);

2. Successful completion of "Preparation for Principalship" (PFP) Course; and

3. Successful completion of the professional development portfolio [personal submission to EDB after fulfilling (1) & (2)]

With the authorisation from EDB, Department of Education Policy and Leadership at The Education University of Hong Kong offers this Aspiring Principals Programme to satisfy components (1) and (2) of the above CFP requirements. 

Programme Advisors: Prof. CHENG Yin Cheong, Prof. CHIU Chi Shing

Programme Director: Dr. Darren Bryant

Programme CoordinatorsDr. HUI Wai Tin, Dr. LU Jiafang










Needs Analysis (NA)

The NA activities will include three parts:

A) The Pre-Analysis Meeting

Date : 21 November 2020 (Sat)
Time : 09:30 - 11:30
Venue : Delia Memorial School (Glee Path) [Tentative]
             (3-minute-walk from Exit A of Mei Foo MTR)

B) The Analysis Day

Date : 5 December 2020 (Sat)
Time : 08:30 - 18:00
Venue : Delia Memorial School (Glee Path) [Tentative]

C) Continued Professional Development (Reflection and Planning)

Medium of Instruction

Cantonese supplemented with English (Reading & Writing: English/ Chinese)


HK$ 3,500
No application fees will be charged.

Preparation for Principalship Course (PFP)

Programme Details 

In addition to the Course Orientation (1 hour), the Course consists of three major components:

A. 6 Learning Modules (75 Hours)

  1. Strategic Direction and Policy Environment
  2. Learning, Teaching and Curriculum
  3. Teacher Professional Growth and Development
  4. Staff and Resources Management
  5. Quality Assurance and Accountability
  6. External Communication and Connection to the Outside World

B. 3 sessions of Action Research (9 Hours)

C. Optional Seminars and School Visits

Participants will be invited to optional seminars and school visits in January to April.

Course Duration

9 January 2021 - 15 May 2021

Lecture Time

(A) Saturday afternoon, 13:00 - 19:00; or
(E) Wednesday & Thursday evening, 18:30 - 21:30*
*The Lecture time of the first and last day will follow that of Class (A)


Po Leung Kuk Tong Nai Kan Junior Secondary College [Tentative]
(3-minute-walk from Exit B of Mei Foo MTR)

Medium of Instruction

Cantonese supplemented with English (Reading & Writing: English/ Chinese)


HK$22,000   (Re-take: HK$9,000)
No application fees will be charged.

Admission, Payment, Withdrawal & Refund


The NA and PFP Course are independent. Applicants can apply for either NA, PFP or both in one application form.

All serving teachers and educational practitioners with 1) five or more years of teaching experience and 2) a recognised teacher training qualification are eligible to apply to the Programme.

If the admission quota is reached by the Phase 1 deadline, priority for admission will be given according to the following criteria in descending order:

  1. Vice-principals / deputy heads in government and aided schools or equivalent;
  2. Applicants who have successfully completed or enrolled in the other component; i.e. NA or PFP Course;
  3. Senior teachers
    • At the rank of SGM (for aided secondary schools)
    • At the rank of Education Officer (for government secondary schools)
    • At the rank of PSM/AM (for aided and government primary schools)
  4. Other qualified applicants

Phase 2 and 3 admissions will be processed on a first-come-first-serve basis.


Once accepted, applicants should settle the payment in one instalment before the designated deadline. More details will be found in the acceptance email..

Withdrawal & Refund

  • Written application for withdrawal and refund must be submitted two weeks before programme commencement (i.e. for NA: 7th November 2020; for PFP: 26th December 2020). 
  • 5% administration fee will be deducted when the refund is approved. There is no refund available for withdrawal applications made less than 14 working days before programme commencement or during the period of the programme.


Assignments & Graduation Requirements

Assignments & Grading 

After the last lecture of each of the six modules, participants are required to submit a reflection paper of 1,200 - 1,800 words that describes how the theories and/or practices they learnt can be applied in their school context. At the end of the course, they need to submit a report on an Action Research Report of about 3,000 - 4,000 words.

Graduation Requirements

Needs Analysis

    (a) The attendance on Pre-Analysis is mandatory. However, remedial guidance will be given to those with strong reason for their absence. 
    (b) Participants are required to participate in all activities on the Analysis Day.
    (c) Certificates will be issued to those who participate in all activities on the Analysis Day and have successfully completed the Working Booklet.

PFP Course

    (a) Participants are required to attend at least 90% # of the 75 hours core areas of the course; 
    (b) Participants must get a passing grade in each of six Core Modules AND the Action Research project.
    (c) Certificates will be issued to those who have successfully completed the Course, by meeting the attendance requirement and obtaining a passing grade in each of the assignments and the Action Research project.
    (d) A statement will be issued to each participant on the grade in each assignment and the action research project.
    (e) A letter of certification will be issued to the re-taking aspiring principals for their completion of requirements in the re-taking.
         # Make-up Paper may be completed to remedy the absence.

Make-Up Paper

  1. The Make-up paper will only be accepted for absence due to urgent matters.  Thus, written reason should be forwarded to the Course Coordinator for approval.
  2. No more than 10% attendance (i.e. 2 lessons of 3 hours each) can be compensated by make-up papers.
  3. Make-up papers should be submitted within two weeks after the absent session. The word limit is 1200-1800 and participants can choose to write in either English or Chinese.

Instructor Team

University Academic Staffs

1. Dr. Darren Bryant       Head and Associate Professor, EPL
2. Dr. Cheng Chi Keung Eric       Associate Professor, C&I
3. Prof. Cheng Yin Cheong Emeritus Professor and Advisor (Academic Development), EPL
4. Prof. Chiu Chi Shing Adjunct Professor, EPL, and Honorary Advisor, CELT
5. Dr. Ho Chun Sing    Lecturer, EPL
6. Dr. Hui Wai Tin   Adjunct Principal Lecturer, EPL
7. Prof. Lee Chi Kin   Vice President (Academic) and Chair Professor, C&I
8. Dr. Lu Jiafang     Associate Head and Associate Professor, EPL
9. Dr. Qian Haiyan  Associate Professor, EPL
10. Mr. Tai Hay Lap    Special Advisor to the President
11. Dr. Yip Yam Wing   Senior Lecturer II, C&I


Action Research Coordinator

1. Dr. Yau Hon Kee      Former principal, HKTA The Yuen Yuen Institute No.1 Secondary School


Experienced School Principals (Primary Class)

Class Master and Class Mistress

1.Mr. Fung Ka Ching      Former Principal, S.K.H. Chai Wan St. Michael's Primary School
2. Ms. Tai Hung Fong    Former Principal, S.K.H. Ling Oi Primary School

Guest Speakers

1. Dr. Chan Ka Wai      Principal, G.T. (Ellen Yeung) College (Primary section)
2. Ms. Fung Yuk Yi            Principal, T.W.G.Hs Ma Kam Chan Memorial Primary School
3. Ms. Hung Mei Wah  Principal, Jordan Valley St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School
4. Mrs. Hsu Au Yee Wah Eva     Principal, Fukien Secondary School Affiliated School
5. Ms. Ng Lai Ha Principal, Hop Yat Church School
6. Mr. Ng Wing Hung Principal, Buddhist Lim Kim Tian Memorial Primary School
7. Mr. So Ping Fai Principal, Tin Shui Wai Methodist Primary School
8. Ms. Tang Sin Chun Principal, Tsang Mui Millennium School
9. Ms. Tsang Bik Har Principal, PLK HKTA Yuen Yuen Primary School
10. Ms. Wong Ching Man   Principal, C.C.C. Kei Chun Primary School
11. Mr. Ying Yu Hing     Former principal, CMA Choi Cheung Kok Secondary School

Experienced School Principals (Secondary Class)

Class Master and Class Mistress

1.Mr. Lau Hor Keung         Former Principal, Shatin Methodist College
2. Mr. Lo Sai Kwong      Former Principal, The Methodist Church Hong Kong Wesley College


Guest Speakers

1. Dr. Chu Kai Wing    Principal, CCC Heep Woh College
2. Mr. Lam Yat Fung         Principal, Lions College
3. Ms. Law Ning Chi  Principal, Liu Po Shan Memorial College
4. Mr. Lo Shiu Ming     Principal, CCC Kei Long College
5. Ms. Law Wing Chung     Principal, Po Leung Kuk Lo Kit Sing (1983) College
6. Ms. Lee Yi Ying     Principal, Kowloon True Light Middle School
7. Mr. Lo Wai Shing Vincent    Principal, Evangel College
8. Mr. Poon Kai Cheung   Principal, Hong Kong Red Swastika Society Tai Po Secondary School
9. Ms. Yan Kin Foon       Principal, Shau Kei Wan Government Secondary School
10. Dr. Yeung Pui Shan     Principal, Yan Chai Hospital Law Chan Chor Si College
11. Mr. Yip Kam Yuen    Former principal, Yu Chun Keung Memorial College No.2

Special Feature

DISC Analysis

  • All Needs Analysis participants will be invited to partake in DISC analysis, through which the Principal’s Competency Assessment of each AP can be conducted.
  • Participants who are enrolled in both NA and the PFP Programme will be granted an additional DISC analysis for the post-assessment evaluation.
  • The process of the DISC analysis will be guided by our NA Coordinator, who is a certified DISC Consultant, specialised in Education.

Support for Reflection Paper

(Participants are required to complete a reflection paper for each module)

  • Class Mistress/Masters (CM), for both primary and secondary APs, are arranged to attend the lessons with the participants.  At the end of each module, the CM will conduct debriefing that aims at amalgamating the theory and practice learnt throughout the module. They will also guide the participants on the preparation of the reflection paper for each module..
  • There will be sharing of experience in preparation of reflection paper by the past outstanding PFP course participants.

Support for Action Research Report

(Participants are required to complete an Action Research Report)

  • There will be 3 comprehensive lectures (9 hours in total) conducted by experienced AR Coordinator Dr. Yau Hon Kee.
  • Experienced school principals will serve as mentors to guide participants in conducting their Action Research.

Professional Development Portfolio

  • Participants will be invited to an optional lecture on portfolio preparation.
  • Advice from experienced portfolio assessor will be provided to the PFP Course graduates for their portfolio completion upon request.

School Leadership Lecture Series

  • Participants will be invited to participate in a series of lecture, where guest speakers will share their insights and knowledge about school leadership.

School Visit

  • Two school visits, one for primary and one for secondary school APs respectively, will be arranged to provide on-site sharing of experience with existing school principals and administrators.

School Leadership Advocate

  • Graduates of the programme will be invited to join School Leadership Advocate (SLA), an independent alumni society for local school leadership courses, where they can receive updates on educational enrichment activities such as local and exterritorial educational visits.



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