School council training
Improving school governance training modules
Improving school governance (ISG) consists of 5 modules, including a table of contents. The modules have been developed to improve knowledge, understanding and skills of school council members, school council presidents and school principals.
The ISG training package comprises 5 modules:
- strategic planning
- policy and review
- school council president.
The complete ISG training package is available at:
Virtual Live training (formerly face-to-face)
Virtual Live training is delivered free of cost to school councils of Victorian government schools, through Synergistic.
Interactive online training
School councillors can self-register to access free interactive online training through The Big Canvas learning management system (LMS).
Online training can be accessed individually or in small groups, at a time and place convenient to participants.
Principals and school council presidents may use the video as general information for school councils, for recruiting prospective councillors, or for the induction of new school councillors.
This self-assessment tool provides support and guidance to school councils in evaluating their effectiveness as a collective council. Group discussion and reflection using the self-assessment process help school councils identify areas for improvement. Refer to: or the tool can be accessed through the (principal and business manager login required).
This video provides a summary of:
- the purpose of the self-assessment tool
- the steps to take to complete the self-assessment task.
Principals and school council presidents may use the video:
- to undertake a review of their school council activities
- to assess their school council activities.
Reviewed 25 April 2023