Frequently Asked Questions


What are the key dates for 2020-2021?

Applications for the programs close on 3 September 2020.

Applicants are contacted about the outcome of their application on 10 September 2020.

The synchronous sessions will be on the following dates:

3 October 2020

31 October 2020

21 November 2020

30 January 2021

27 March 2021 (Presentation of Learning)


Who can apply?

PALME is designed for current and aspiring educational leaders who are responsible for leading adults in teams and are committed to engaging in continuous improvement. 

PETAL is designed for classroom practitioners who are interested in engaging in continuous improvement.

Both programs are presented in both Arabic and English.


How are applications assessed?

A panel of 3 senior academic team members review all applications and assess the suitability of an applicant to be accepted into a program based on written applications, referee comments as needed. The panel may recommend acceptance to another program than the one applied for based upon the information they review.


What are the expectations of the program?

That participants: 

  • Are willing to commit to a rigorous six-month program 
  • Participate in five, day-long workshops and in between session work
  • Engage in a process of data-informed, research-driven, improvement inquiry cycles with support from their cohort and coach
  • Develop and present an e-portfolio of deep reflection and evidence of learning
  • Meet all the program requirements 

What does the 30 hours of synchronous and asynchronous engagement involve?

The programs are designed for participants to be in cohorts of educators who receive input from facilitators that will support their next steps in their learning journey. Facilitators design the days based upon data they have collected between sessions from participants and content is tailored to the specific needs of a particular cohort. Throughout the day, participants will work independently, in pairs and in small groups.


How many days will I be required to be out of my school?

None. The programs are designed to be job embedded and the synchronous and asynchronous engagements are run on Saturdays. 


How often will I see my coach?

An assigned coach will make an appointment with you before 1 October 2020. 

You have up to 10 hours of one to one coaching available to you throughout the program to support you specifically in your learning journey. You are responsible for contacting your coach to make a suitable time to meet with them for 45-minute sessions.


What does the 20 hours of online independent work involve?

Participants are required to keep an online evidence of their learning journey throughout the program. This will be presented on the last day of the program. The e-portfolio includes a description of the area of focus or problem of practice the participant is examining and will include a data matrix, reflection on both learning and the process an applicant goes through along with any research they have engaged with and the outcomes of decisions they make based on the data they collect.


Will I be guaranteed a leadership position as a result of completing the PALME program?

No. The aim of the program is to build a participant’s data informed decision-making skills and to experience an inquiry cycle of continuous improvement, while providing an opportunity to document their learning and work.


What if I want to withdraw from the program?

If you want to withdraw from the program you must write to your coach to inform them.  Please be aware that these programs have very limited places. QF educators may be asked to reimburse the cost of the program by your school I if you withdraw after signing the Day 1 commitment form.