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‘Head of School’ Skill Development Program in Fiji

‘Head of School’ Skill Development Program in Fiji

Project title: ‘Head of School’ Skill Development Program
Timing: November 2018 – May 2019
Location: Suva, Fiji
Client: Coffey International Development, Fijian Government, Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts (MEHA)
Sponsor: Australian Government, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)


The background

Coffey is contracted by DFAT to manage the Fiji Program Support Facility (FPSF), which seeks to establish a responsive, coordinated, flexible and adaptive facility that will increase the effectiveness and cohesion of Australian support in Fiji and Tuvalu and support workforce development.

Recent selection processes for head of school positions in the Fijian Government, Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts (MEHA) have highlighted the need for a learning and development program covering the changing and higher level skills and abilities needed to lead and manage schools in to the future. The program will ensure that a pool of talent is developed, who can then successfully undertake the role of school head.

The opportunity

Sustainable Skills was selected, following a successful tender process, thanks to its ability to mobilise highly skilled and well-suited international consultants able to take key principles of the International and Australian education systems, including VET, understand the local culture and develop solutions. We designed a scalable model able to develop the skills and abilities of current and future school heads to provide excellent leadership and management for all schools.

The solution

The Project Team will use Moodle technology to create an online learning environment with ten modules that will be accessible to all interested learners. Moodle is an open-source learning platform designed to provide educators, administrators and learners with a single robust, secure and integrated system to create personalised learning environments.

Modules will comprise a considerable injection of theory, an emphasis on practical application of that theory (in the context of the role of Head of a School), and over a third will be made of on-the-job practical summative assessments. Accreditation for the program will be sought through the Fiji Higher Education Commission after all modules have been developed and piloted.

The team of experts in charge of delivering the project comprises:

  • Mike Prime – Team Leader – Education Specialist with understanding of educational management and the ability to define the skills, knowledge, experience required to successful lead and manage a school in Fiji
  • Cate van der Vossen – Assessment and Adult Learning Specialist with an understanding of appropriate approaches to adult learning and the ability to develop relevant assessment
  • Maria Doyle – Online Learning Specialist with the ability to establish a fully functional IT set-up for the program which is end-user friendly and appropriate for the internet capability and IT skills of users.

Whilst the Team Leader, Mike Prime, will remain in Fiji for the duration of the Project, the team will spend part of their time in-country in Fiji consulting with stakeholders and part of their time working remotely from other locations.

The benefit

This project will contribute to the quality of education offered to school students in Fiji by developing the skills and abilities of current and future school heads to provide excellent leadership and management for all schools, with the vision of developing leadership in schools which is dynamic and works effectively in a complex, changing environment.

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