OSG-S8 Course Details


Directing and Managing Change

“‘Responsible persons’ (must) have relevant qualifications, skills and experience for governing the school properly” (NESA Requirements, section In order to “govern properly”, the board and its members must understand how to direct change that will be positive and effective. This four hour course identifies NESA compliance requirements for ‘responsible persons’ that often result from or cause change in schools, and then proceeds to equip ‘responsible persons’ with the skills and understandings required to manage and direct change positively. Change has always been a feature of education, but the scale and pace of change today are unprecedented, and the role of boards and their ‘responsible persons’ in directing and managing change in schools is pivotal.  The course helps ‘responsible persons’ to understand the forces of disruptive change that impact schools, and provides practical strategies to help ‘responsible persons’ steer change in their schools that will work to enhance the welfare of its students, faculty and staff, as well as ensuring that the school remains true to its founding principles while operating within the framework and requirements of the NESA Requirements for Proper Governance.


This course is designed to help ‘responsible persons’ [as defined under Section 47(1)(b) of the Education Act in New South Wales] understand and implement effective change in ways that are consistent with the NESA requirements upon school boards and support the achievement of NESA guidelines.  Specifically, the course is designed to provide in-depth knowledge and practical application of ways in which ‘responsible persons’ can implement change to ensure (a) effective implementation of established principles of ‘best practice’ in school governance and (b) compliance with relevant NESA requirements in the area of governance. Furthermore, the course provides opportunities through discussion and problem-solving for ‘responsible persons’ to build unity of understanding, a common purpose, and a commitment to implementing ‘best practices’ for effective school governance in a strategic manner that enhances their capacity to direct effect change.  The course is designed to address ongoing professional learning needs rather than serving as a key component of the induction of new ‘responsible persons’.



Four hours, usually one morning or one afternoon or one evening.


Face-to-face workshop with all the ‘responsible persons’ in one group, usually delivered at the school or at another suitable venue organised by the school.


NESA Guidelines that affect, and are affected by, change in schools.

Managing change vs directing change.

Change in education.

Accepting the need for change in a dynamic world.

Resistance to change.

Directing change.

Disruptive change.

The nature of Effective Change.

Gordon Stanley’s Seven Principles for Change Management.

Relating change management and change direction to NESA requirements.

Reflecting on the experience of, and the need for, change.

This course covers the following governance requirements as outlined in the Registered and Accredited Individual Non-government Schools (NSW) Manual (September 2019):; 3.9.5.


Upon successful completion of the course, a signed certificate is issued to the school stating the name of the course, the content covered, the duration of the course, the venue, and the names of those persons who attended.  Upon request, schools may instead request an individual certificate for each attendee.  Participating schools also receive a password-protected PDF copy of the presentation slides used during the workshop for the use of attendees.

We are a NESA approved and accredited training provider of courses relating to proper governance in non-government schools.

D2015/35965 – D2019/8657 – D2019/23247 - – D2019/134103

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