Leap into Australia

Leap into Australia

Would you like to refresh your professional development by learning – first hand – about another education system… would you like to shadow a peer in Australia for a week?  AHDS is proud to partner with LEAP to give you just that opportunity.

This is an exchange programme with a difference.  Rather than a simple exchange we take advantage of the different holiday times to give you, and your Australian counterpart, an opportunity for ‘guided immersion’ in each other’s systems.  The receiving school leader hosts you in their home and introduce you to their world of work. This takes place during our summer break (while our antipodean cousins are still in term time). Your Australian host would then make a week-long visit to your school for a similar learning experience at the end of September/beginning of October.  There is a rigorous matching process to ensure that you are partnered with an appropriate school/individual for your exchange.

AHDS participants in last year’s programme could not speak highly enough of the experience and the learning that it offered them. In addition, while in Australia you will have the chance to take part in a LEAP conference bringing together all the LEAP participants (from Australia, Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland and the USA) for a day. 

Are you a match?

Already, two applications have been received from Australians who are keen to come to Scotland – a little about each is set out below – if you think you might be a good fit, please don’t hesitate to visit the LEAP website, or download the form here.   

Jan is a primary principal in an environmental school. Jan’s passion is environmental education and her school provides this service for schools around Sydney. It is a small school setting.  Her school is one of twenty-six Environmental and Zoo Education Centres operated by the NSW Department of Education.  The Centre designs and implements relevant andcontemporary teaching and learning programs within the context of the natural, cultural and built environments. There is a strong emphasis on student centred /inquiry based learning programs utilising a range of current information and communication technologies.  Jan will be travelling (next September) with her partner Chris.  

Sharon has been involved in LEAP for many years and has completed the peer-shadowing with Ontario. Sharon was a primary principal until very recently. Sharon has now taken a promotion to Director (superintendent) position in the Newcastle/Hunter area.  She comes highly recommended. Sharon is happy to be matched with a Head Teacher or a person at her current level. Sharon will be travelling (next September) with her partner Alan.

Applications for the 2019 program close on 31st December - to participate please download this form and return as indicated.


22 July 2019 - 1 August 2019

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