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BWP104 - Certificate in PDP for Deputy Heads in Primary Schools
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Certificate in PDP for Deputy Heads in Primary Schools
Programme Code BWP104
Mode of Study Full-time Block Release
Duration 5 Weeks
Venue Tai Po Campus
Programme Leader Dr Ho Chun Sing Maxwell
Programme Enquiries Miss Annie Wu 2948 7610

Programme Aims

On completion of this programme, participants are expected to:

  • Broaden their horizons of participants in meeting the ever-changing challenges of education through introducing various perspectives/domains of leadership within and outside the school contexts;
  • Identify and cultivate leadership skills and style pertaining to their own personality and character traits;
  • Develop a solid framework in handling their day-to-day functional duties, including preparing school plans, implementing sustainable projects, conducting effective school evaluations, developing strategic human resource approaches, and maintaining constructive relationship with the community; and
  • Establish a mutual support network of SPSMs so that they can benefit from mutual sharing and reflection with regard to professional development, new initiatives, and concerns pertaining to primary education.

Programme Structure

The programme comprises the following three core courses of 3 credit points each:

Effective Leadership

This course enables participants to be acquainted with multiple school leadership models such as instructional leadership, transformational leadership, moral leadership, participative leadership, managerial leadership, contingent leadership, team leadership and servant leadership. Through thinking critically, participants are able to examine the importance of school leadership to effective schooling, staff development, school improvement, and education reform.

Enhancing Participatory Capability of Deputy School Heads

This course builds upon participants’ rich experiences as middle managers of schools to deepen their knowledge and skills in leading other school professionals for continuous school improvement, which include developing and enriching sustainable school plans, strategically allocating resources in school, mastering problem-solving skills and techniques, and maintaining constructive community relationship and reputation of schools. This course also provides a platform for participants to enhance the participatory capacity of deputy school heads in coordinating middle managers’ work, managing crises, managing uncontrolled emotions of parents and supporting staff, differentiating the responsibilities of deputy heads and middle leaders, and showing recognition to colleagues.

School Improvement and Sustainable Development

In this course, the participants will be exposed to an updated trend in School development and accountability (SDA) framework, supplemented with practical skills needed to successfully realise school plans with an aim to ultimately leaded to sustainable school development.

Medium of Instruction

The medium of instruction is mainly Chinese (Cantonese) and will be supplemented by English where appropriate.

Programme Duration

Cohort(s) Period of Study
1 9 October to 11 November 2023

Entrance Requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants should be:

  • in-service or potential primary school deputy heads; and
  • recommended by school principals.

Remarks: Each school can recommend more than one teacher.


To be awarded a Certificate of Completion, participants must obtain a pass in all assessment tasks required and successfully fulfill the attendance requirements as stipulated by the programme.

Other Information

This Government-funded programme is supported by the Education Bureau (EDB). Schools which release teachers to take this programme are eligible for supply teachers, if deemed necessary. Government and aided schools shall contact the EDB for detailed arrangements. Private and DSS schools shall make their own arrangements for the employment of supply teachers.

Participants who complete our PDPs are eligible to apply for credit transfer if they enroll in our postgraduate programmes. Their applications will be considered on an individual basis.


Every effort has been made to ensure that information contained in this website is correct. Changes to any aspects of the programmes may be made from time to time due to unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control and the University reserves the right to make amendments to any information contained in this website without prior notice. The University accepts no liability for any loss or damage arising from any use or misuse of or reliance on any information contained in this website.

Any aspect of the course and course offerings (including, without limitation, the content of the course and the manner in which the course is taught) may be subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of the University. Without limiting the right of the University to amend the course and its course offerings, it is envisaged that changes may be required due to factors such as staffing, enrolment levels, logistical arrangements, curriculum changes, and other factors caused by unforeseeable circumstances. Tuition fees, once paid, are non-refundable.

Probity Requirements: Other than the application fee, applicants are not required to pay any additional fees during the application process. In addition, please be reminded not to offer any advantage to EdUHK staff and/or any person involving admissions at EdUHK in connection with your application. Otherwise, your action may violate Hong Kong's Prevention of Bribery Ordinance (Cap. 201).

In the event of inconsistency between information in English and Chinese version or where an interpretation of the programme content is required, the decision of the University shall be final.

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