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.
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 [email protected].