School Executive Leadership Program (SELP), Singapore

17 August, 2020 Monday Singapore

SELP is a joint program of the International Development Institute (IDI) and the Singapore Education Consulting Group (SECG).


School leadership is now an education policy priority around the world. Increased school autonomy and a greater focus on schooling and school outcomes have made it essential to reconsider the role of school leaders.

A school leader’s job has become increasingly complex. There is thus much room to professionalize school leadership, to support current school leaders and to make school leadership an attractive career for our participants. In order to continually improve students learning outcomes, school leaders are responsible for:

  • setting the overall vision and goals of their schools, and prioritizing and aligning their strategy with available resources
  • ensuring innovation in and continuous improvement of the quality of their curriculum, and teaching and learning environments
  • inspiring and motivating teachers and students towards highly engaged learning
  • implementing robust education governance systems to tackle emergent challenges in fast changing socio-economic contexts, and helping enhance strong and healthy relationships with the Government and other external authorities.

Attending SELP will help you excel and be a successful school leader in a variety of educational contexts.

Why Singapore?

Singapore, an island city-state located at the southern tip of Malaya, is a global financial centre and a multicultural and multireligious country. Today, Singapore’s education system is considered amongst the best in the world. The country is consistently ranked at the top in global assessments such as Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMMS), the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), and the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). The SELP offers participants an opportunity to closely study how Singapore’s education policies and practices made this possible. There will also be an opportunity to closely observe Singapore’s schools and interact with its educational leaders.


The School Executives Leadership Program (SELP) is designed to expose and equip school principals with the leadership and management skills they need to effectively handle the responsibilities note above and continuously drive school reforms in changing and challenging environments. The program will provide participants an opportunity to learn directly from heads of schools/practitioners as well as from policy and program leaders in Singapore. The thrust of the program will be on learning:

  • skills and competencies to lead, effectively manage and improve school performance
  • evidence based decision making and strategic problem-solving methods, and
  • hands-on, pragmatic solutions, frameworks and tools that can help to drive school improvement (and ultimately) student learning outcomes.

Who should attend?

  1. High-potential educational executives preparing to take on increasing levels of responsibility and challenges as they move into more senior leadership/management roles
  2. High-impact executives with a proven track record of success and seven to ten years of management experience — from any types of educational institutes such as schools, college and universities
  3. Policy makers and activists who are interested in education reform Students of Education Management

Program Structure

Each day will include both learning sessions with experts as well as site visits and discussions with practitioners on specific themes. Participants will engage in activities to learn as well as network with a diverse group of participants who hold school leadership positions. They will get opportunities to reflect on their practice, knowledge base, and skills— and identify opportunities to apply course learning to their unique national and school contexts.

Day 1: Leading Oneself, Others, and Teams

All successful schools have a strong leader. Participants will be exposed to the latest leadership concepts to help them better lead and manage themselves, others, and teams to more effectively accomplish their goals.

Day 2: School Vision, Goals, and Strategy

School leaders need to see the big picture and develop skill sets to cope with opportunities and challenges. Participants will spend an entire day on knowledge and skills needed for school leaders to articulate vision, goal, and strategy with a focus on alignment with national development aspirations and economic contexts on the one hand, and funding and human resources constraints on the other.

Day 3: Innovations in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

Learning is influenced by the quality of the curriculum, as well as the quality and organization of the teaching and learning environments. Participants will learn practical examples from Singapore and other countries on delivering innovative and effective curriculum, including quality of instruction, assessments and feedback and managing students with high and low potential; as well as the strategies and tools to organize optimal teaching and learning environments.

Day 4: Motivating Teachers, Staff, and Students

Motivated teachers, staff, and students form the critical bedrock for innovation and learning. How do teachers become excited about teaching and students become excited about learning? Participants will hear from and interact directly with educational leaders and practitioners.

Day 5: Navigating to Tackle Challenges

Principals and education executives need to navigate through a range of challenges that relate to fast changing external environments; conflicts among and between students, teachers, and staff, including important issues related to bullying and sexual harassment; and relationships with the Government and other external authorizing environments. They will be exposed to useful examples, solutions, and frameworks they can take back and start implementing in their own schools after appropriate adaptation.

Our Faculty 

Prof S Gopinathan has been extensively involved in Singapore’s education policy and practice planning for over four decades. He is a leading contributor to teacher education in Singapore and the region. He served as the Dean of the School of Education/ National Institute of Education, Singapore, from 1994 to 2000.

He presently serves as Academic Advisor toThe HEAD Foundation. In 2003, he helped NIE establish a Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice. He has served on numerous Ministry of education review committees, including the Thinking Schools, Learning Nation and Junior College-Upper Secondary review Committee. Prof. Gopinathan was also involved in setting up the Singapore Centre for Teaching Thinking, the Principals Executive Centre and is also a founder member of the Educational Research Association of Singapore. He has also served as a consultant for the World Bank, UNESCO, the Asian Development Bank and the Commonwealth of Learning. In 2000, he was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award by the State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo and in 2001, the Singapore Government's Public Administration Medal (Silver) for services to education.

Dr. Arun R. Joshi is a Senior Consultant of IDI, Founder of Leadership Academy Nepal (LAN) and a Director of the Center for Human Assets at the Institute for Integrated Development Studies (IIDS) in Kathmandu, Nepal. He is also an Adjunct Professor at George Washington University, Washington D.C. He worked at the World Bank, Washington D.C. for over two decades.

His experience spans education policy reform and program development in a diverse range of countries in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia. He has a master’s degreein international education policy and a doctorate i n human development from Harvard University.

Mr Edmund Lim has experience in teaching, school leadership, training and consultancy in the Singapore education system and overseas. He is passionate about professional development, school improvement and the development of Professional Learning Communities through Lesson Study. Before becoming vice-principal and principal in secondary and primary schools, he taught in the Gifted Education Program. His leadership abilities resulted his school being evaluated as having progressed by two bands during the Ministry of Education External Validation.

Ed is a founding council member of the World Association of Lesson Studies (WALS) and its former honorary treasurer. He is also on the board of reviewers for the International Journal of Lesson and Learning Studies (IJLLS). His publications include journal papers, history-related books and award-winning children storybook. He holds a Master's degree from the National University of Singapore.

Ms. Tan Bin Eng is a former school Principal and holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Management. She led one of her schools to achieve the School Distinction Award. She was awarded the Most Outstanding Science Teacher Award in 1998 andreceived the Ruth Wong Medal in NIE’s Leaders in Education Program in 2003.

On her retirement in Dec 2016, the Minister of Education specially mentioned her as “a strong people developer, who has mentored Principals, groomed many Key Personnel, and developed teachers through a structured and developmental approach. She enables teachers to engage in professional discussions through Professional Learning Teams. Teachers improved in their teaching pedagogies, and achieved more effective learning for their students.”

Mr. Jumaat Bin Masdawood is an educator with extensive experience in the classroom, leading schools, supervising school leaders and, developing schools and school personnel. His service in the Singapore education scene spans over 42 years as a teacher in primary, secondary and secondary technical schools, as a School Principal, as an Inspector of Schools and then as a Superintendent of Schools. He has also conducted leadership and school improvement programs for school leaders and senior education staff from Asia and Europe. He holds a Master’s degree in education from the National University of Singapore.

Dr. David Ng is an Associate Professor and Head of Academics at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He provides overall leadership, management and improvement in academic, student, and programs quality. He also leads in the planning, review and effective effective implementation of the strategic Planning

Academic Quality’s initiatives, research and evaluation studies that guide future strategic directions of the institute. David was also the Associate Dean for Leadership Programs at NIE from 2004-2010. He was responsible for designing and implementing innovative leadership programs for system superintendents, school principals, Heads of Departments, and middle level leaders.

Cost of Attendance

USD $4500, which includes 6 nights at the hotel on shared basis, breakfast, lunch, and welcome and farewell dinner; as well as  all training fees and program materials. It does not include airfare, VISA processing fees and other personal expenses.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

  1.  Training course registrations will not be confirmed until registration is complete and billing information is received in full.
  2. In order to cancel, please submit an e-mail request to  
  3. IDI will refund 50% of deposits for all other cancellation requests with less than 7 days prior to the scheduled course date.
  4. No-shows and cancellations not made within the specified cancellation period will incur the full cost ofregistration.
  5. All cancellations must be made in writing.

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Program Dates: April 19-24, 2020

Enrollment Deadline: April 2, 2020

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