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    1 year full time

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  • Last Updated

    06 November 2018

Course content

In Headship is a professional programme designed for aspiring school principals and school leaders in Scotland to enable them to attain the Standard for Headship (GTCS, 2012). Through professional pedagogies, it focuses specifically on enabling you to develop a strategic approach to educational change.

Why this programme

  • The programme is designed to enable you to develop your personal capacity and capability to lead change for improvement and work with your school and its community to realise its strategic vision.
  • You will have opportunities to engage directly with policy makers through guest lectures by expert practitioners and leading researchers.
  • There is emphasis on the interrelationship between professional and academic perspectives, practice and theory, and between the different sites of learning/practice, in order that individual professional learning is interconnected with collective school improvement.
  • Accredited by the General Teaching Council Scotland, this programme aligns with the Framework for Educational Leadership and is part of the national programme for the specialist qualification for headship in Scotland.

Programme structure

On successful completion of the PgCert Into Headship and on appointment to a headship post, you have the opportunity to undertake the PgDip In Headship, which will incorporate your certificate courses. You will take two core courses and one optional course.

Core courses

  • Pursuing equity and excellence in practice
  • Shaping professional identity and practice: using critical reflection in the transition to headship.

Optional courses may include

  • Curriculum leadership in religious education
  • Foundations of leadership in Catholic schools
  • Inclusive classrooms, inclusive pedagogies
  • The dynamics and dilemmas of ethical leadership
  • The evolving concept of inclusion
  • The learner and the curriculum
  • Working with youth: Education and learning for change.

Programme alteration or discontinuation

The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career prospects

The programme aims to ensure head teachers are supported to develop and continue to build the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding required of senior leaders. 

Visit the In Headship (PGCert) page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!





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