This highly regarded postgraduate degree will be of interest to all who hold or are aiming for leadership positions in Catholic schools and colleges.
About one-third of the 150-plus students are senior leaders - headteachers and college principals; deputies and assistant heads. The other two-thirds are subject or pastoral leaders, primary curriculum coordinators, classroom leaders or aspiring school leaders.
All are welcome and will enjoy participating. Securing quality leaders committed to modeling leadership on Christ constitutes one of the key challenges for Catholic and indeed all Christian schools.
This course aims to promote a vision that sees the maintenance of a balance between school improvement and Catholic distinctiveness as a feature of the mission of schools and colleges.
Why St Mary's?
Several students have cited the flexibility of this degree as a particular advantage since it is possible to complete the programme within one to five years.
The variety of modes of delivery, including blended and full-distance, also makes the programme especially attractive. The combination of personalised learning and tutorial support - together with the excellent reading materials and online resources - is noted by students as distinctive.
The course helps students understand the core aims and values of a Catholic school while encouraging them to reflect upon the reality of practice within their schools.
"The course is very accessible - well organised module booklets make it easy to dip in and out - essential for any busy teacher."
"Support materials are excellent; a really good balance is maintained between theory and practice."
"The support and encouragement from tutors is excellent."
The course is open to all who have a first degree and who are committed to Catholic education or who have relevant experience of working in Catholic schools.Holders of NPQH can gain exemption from up to 60 credits, reducing the number of assignments halving fees for two of the four content modules.Holders of the NCSL ‘Leading from the Middle’ and ‘Leadership Pathways’ qualifications can gain similar exemptions from one module.
Recipient: St Mary’s University, Twickenham
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