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Postgraduate Certificate in Middle Leadership

Course Description

Based on our highly successful MEd in Educational Leadership, this course aims to equip serving teachers with the knowledge and skills to become first-rate subject/departmental leaders.

Find out more about our School of Education on http://www.buckingham.ac.uk/education.

Course outline

It is a one-year, work-based course. Each student completes an initial self-assessment which is followed by individual Skype interviews with his/her University of Buckingham (UoB) tutor. A one-day tutorial meeting at UoB follows, where the main topics of study are outlined and the course’s supporting textbook is issued. This book has two functions: it provides an introduction to the theoretical background to the topics of study; it also provides a template for a deeper analysis of the strengths, weaknesses and other significant characteristics of the individual course participants and of the departments for which they are responsible. This analysis then forms the basis of a 3000-4000-word essay, which, in effect, sets a provisional agenda for each student. A two-day residential at UoB follows, after which, each student will be in a position to come to a final agreement with their UoB tutor on the most important area for development in their school departments. This will be the focus of the leadership-of-change project that they will undertake and which will be the subject of their final extended essay.

The course carries 60 masters-level credits. These are redeemable against the UoB Master’s in Educational Leadership, giving exemption from one assessment and triggering a reduction in fees.

Course content

Topics include: Leadership theory and the development of departmental culture; principles and practice of effective performance management (including lesson observation, feedback, coaching); handling of difficult conversations (with colleagues and parents); promotion of high quality teaching and learning; effective pupil-assessment; staff recruitment, induction and development; effective administration and use of data; running purposeful meetings; preparing for inspection.

How to apply

Contact Nikki Mugford, Secretary to the Department of Education, on +44 (0)1280 820219 or email .

Apply here http://www.buckingham.ac.uk/humanities/education/middle-leadership.

Visit the Postgraduate Certificate in Middle Leadership page on the University of Buckingham website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants are expected to be heads of department, 2nd in department, subject co-ordinators or heads of year and must be educated to degree level.

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