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The MA Transformational Leadership (Teach First) is for Teach First participants who occupy or aspire to a leadership and management position at any level in an education context.

It is particuarly relevant to middle (pivotal) and senior leaders and managers, but since leadership and management issues affect everyone in education, you would also benefit if you are not in such a formal role.

The course enables you to join, and make sense of, three often separate worlds:

• Research and theory

• Policy – international, national, local and institutional

• Your own practice and ideas.

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Year 1

- Module 1 – Independent Self Study

This module is based on the work within the Teach First Leadership Development Programme strands: Leading Learning, Leading People and Leading Self. The module assessment has two components.

Making the links:

Led by Christ Church tutors, you willl consider the following dimensions to the Masters programme, and in particular, the implications for Module 1 from the Leadership Development Programme:

• Reading and writing at Masters level with a view to creating frameworks for the two assignments

• Critical reading for self¬critical writing

• Finding a focus

• Studying independently

• Time management.

In addition to tutor¬led teaching, Action Learning Sets and Critical Friendship groups will be established. These will provide intensive, supportive critical perspectives to enhance professional development and leadership throughout the course, and will be employed in Module 1 to make the links between the Leadership Development Programme, the PGCE and the Independent Study.

- Module 2 – Transformational Leadership for Communities and Schools

Making the links:

Drawing upon learning from the PGCE, the Leadership Development Programme and the work underway on the Independent Study, you will be supported in engaging critically with the following themes:

• Leading and managing change for improvement

• Theories and practice of transformational leadership at school and community level

• Leadership challenges in the context of Kent and Medway

• Leading and managing effective teams to make a difference to schools and communities

• Understanding the impact of socio¬economic factors on learning.

Year 2

- Module 3 – Research Methods

Tutors will lead the research methods course, supporting you in enhancing your skills of review, analysis, critical reflection, interrogation and critical interpretation of data. Reflexivity will be revisited and positionality introduced in this module.

Action Learning Sets and Critical Friendship groups will provide the structure for you to co-construct your research proposals using frameworks provided within the module and to articulate them for approval.

- Module 4 – Dissertation (15,000 – 18,000 words)

You will be supported in researching and writing your dissertations in different ways:

• One-to-one support from a University supervisor

• Support in Critical Friendship groups through the VLE

In addition, you are invited to attend the postgraduate writing weekends. These well-established weekends are optional and provide you with a supportive space within which to think, discuss and write, making intensive use of University library facilities with tutor guidance and peer support.

Termly postgraduate conferences enable you to engage in discussion and share learning with other practitioner researchers; this includes conferences focusing specifically on research and writing along with a range of themes in education, learning and leadership.


Assignments, presentations and a dissertation.

How to apply

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Fees and Funding

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Visit the MA Transformational Leadership (Teach First) page on the Canterbury Christ Church University website for more details!




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