The LAP Association Inc.

The LAP Association Inc is a non-profit organisation formed in 1994 to support the work and continuing development of the Programme. Membership is available to any school or person supporting the philosophy of LAP. All schools who establish LAP are invited and encouraged to become members of the Association.

The Association establishes positive links between everyone involved in LAP by:

  • Providing professional development opportunities for LAP coordinators, volunteer mentors, teachers and parents. A number of seminars and workshhops are offered to mentors and teachers throughout the year. Members receive discounts on all professional development sessions and events.
  • Sharing good practice and providing regular information through the LAP Facts Newsletter, our website and LAPbook on Facebook.
  • Developing quality resources to assist teachers, mentors and students.
  • Providing networking opportunities with people in other schools.

LAP Training and Development

Schools interested in learning more about LAP or wish to further develop their existing Programme are encouraged to undertake professional development workshops that are available.

Hub-group sessions are run in schools throughout South Australia, encouraging schools in the local areas to attend.

We also run a workshop at the beginning of each year, designed to introduce LAP to teaching staff, interested people and prospective mentors. The workshop caters for all learning styles and provides opportunities for sharing ideas, experiences and good practice. It is usually conducted over half a day.

By the end of the workshop participants will have an understanding of the principles, philosophy and practice of a LAP programme.

During the year we also offer evening motivational talks on a variety of subjects, which are tailored to give inspiration for helping your LAP students.


Penny Penhall OAM (10/6/1945 - 22/7/2015)

Penny Penhall is the co-founder of the LAP Programme. She was one of the first parent mentors to participate in the original programme at a South Australian secondary school in 1976. Penny conducted hundreds of training and development programmes for administrators, teaching staff and volunteers throughout Australia and overseas.

Her work in the LAP programme received high recognition. In 1995 she was awarded the prestigious Advance Australia Award and a European Council of International Schools Fellowship in International Education to introduce the LAP programme to the international education community.

In June 1998, Penny received a Medal in the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for service to Education. Penny Penhall also set up the Association in 1994, and was Chairperson until 2013 when she resigned due to ill health.

Penny’s legacy of mentoring lives on in all the LAP programmes throughout Australia and overseas.


The LAP Association is proud to offer their members the opportunity to undertake a process of accreditation. We believe that this interesting and practical procedure will provide a focus for schools to reflect upon and review the LAP philosophy and practice and to be recognised as one of the best LAP programmes in the world.

An extensive accreditation document has been written, consisting of a series of standards and indicators. They are based on best practice and focus on the areas of Philosophy of LAP, Role of the Coordinator/Management Team, Management of Students and mentors, Role of the Principal and Teaching staff, and evaluation and ongoing review.

In order to apply for accreditation, schools must be a current member of the Association and have had LAP in place for a minimum of two years.

Please contact the Association for more details.


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Thursday 11th November 2021
6.30pm Arkaba Hotel,
150 Glen Osmond Rd,
Fullarton SA 5063