In-house delivery

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Onsite Training

Project Management training for leaders in education

Elemental Projects offers a suite of customised and highly practical training programs aimed at those responsible for Project Management in the Education sector.

Project management is an ideal framework for delivery of the school plan for 2015 – 2017 in accordance with the “Local School; Local Decisions” policy in NSW which addresses the “5 Ps” – Purpose, People, Process, Products and Practices. Specifically:

  • “Processes” (i.e. projects) must be undertaken by
  • “People” (i.e. school staff, parents, students and other stakeholders), in order to create
  • “Products and Practices” (i.e. project deliverables) that achieve the
  • “Purpose” (i.e. objectives and long term outcomes) of the School Plan.

Programs are designed to give educators a project management framework and practical project management skills and tools to more effectively and efficiently deliver projects and implement their School Plan. Custom content is further enhanced by our highly experienced trainers, who bring valuable insights and real-life project examples to the training.

Programs are aimed at those managing projects in primary and secondary schools, including:

  • Principals
  • Deputy Principals
  • Assistant Principals
  • Head Teachers
  • Head office and regional personnel
  • Other managers within the sector

Course description

Our Project Management programs for the Education Sector range from 1-2 day unaccredited Project Management Essentials courses, project management team building activities and simulations, through to 6 day intensive programs – all tailored to the unique environment and needs of the Education sector. Training may be delivered in a single event or packaged into block sessions (concurrent days) or delivered one day per week, fortnight, or month, to suit the school or providers needs.


Course content is structured into four training modules that follow the project life cycle, as follows:

  • Module 1: Initiating and Planning Projects
  • Module 2: Building and Leading Project Teams
  • Module 3: Monitoring and Controlling Projects
  • Module 4: Closing and Evaluating Projects

After this course, participants will…

Know about:

  • Industry standard, best-practice project management theory, terminology, methodologies, concepts, processes, tool and techniques
  • The ‘people side of projects’ – the psychology of project management and the ‘soft skills’ required to manage, lead, influence, negotiate and communicate with project team members, suppliers and stakeholders.
  • Different types of projects and the approach/methodology best suited to each
  • Strategic alignment of projects and the link between projects, benefits, and corporate strategy
  • The role of the project manager in relation to Benefits Realisation
  • Earned Value Management as a tool for evaluating the performance of a project and identifying when you are over budget and/or behind schedule
  • Control techniques and how to bring a project back on track
  • Communication techniques including the use of social media and online collaboration tools
  • Project management software/tools

Be able to:

  • Initiate projects and identify the organisational benefits and strategic goals that the project contributes to
  • Engage stakeholders
  • Build and lead project teams
  • Develop a comprehensive project plan
  • Monitor and control projects throughout the Implementation Phase
  • Close and evaluate projects
  • Develop key project management documents including:
    • Project Charter
    • Project Management Plan – including:
      • Work Breakdown Structure
      • Network Diagram and Gantt chart
      • Project Cost Estimate
      • Quality Plan
      • HR Plans (Organisational Breakdown Structure, Responsibility Assignment Matrix, and Roles & Responsibilities Table)
      • Stakeholder Analysis & Communication Plan
      • Risk Register
      • Procurement Plan
    • Project Status Reports
    • Post Implementation Review


  • The PM Toolkit – a suite of tools and templates for use on projects
  • A collection of recommended readings