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Postgraduate Course: Developing as a Strategic Educational Leader (EDUA11343)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
Summary'Developing as a Strategic Educational Leader' forms the first course (20 credits) of a new postgraduate certificate 'Leadership and Learning: Into Headship (Specialist Qualification for Headship)', a new national qualification for headship combining both postgraduate and professional awards.
Course description This course will begin to explore the complex role of the headteacher in applying the principles and practices of strategic leadership. Participants will undertake a critical analysis of the wider local, national and global policy context to identify, frame and conceptualise a strategic educational issue pertinent to their school community on the basis of evidence and educational argument. Participants will also critically review their self-evaluation against the Standard for Headship and identify key priorities for their professional learning in leading strategic change.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Pre-requisites:
- Current full GTCS registration (or equivalent such as with qualified teachers from other countries);
- Applicants must have demonstrated to their employer that they have already met the Standard for Middle Leadership and Management;
- Normally with a minimum of five years¿ teaching experience;
- Applicants must have their employer and headteacher endorsement as a suitable applicant for headship within the next 2-3 years.

- Current and regular access to conduct work-based learning
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Course Start Date 07/08/2017
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 20, Formative Assessment Hours 10, Summative Assessment Hours 40, Revision Session Hours 3, Other Study Hours 40, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 63 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) This is part of a professional Masters in which theory and practice are brought together
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) A summative assessment of 4000 words, structured in two parts (2500 words and 1500 words; 62% and 38%) with a grade given for the overall assignment.
Feedback Four opportunities for formative assessment and feed-forward will be offered (Scottish College for Educational Leadership coach, peer, in school mentor colleague, tutor) providing guidance on different components of the course.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. - analyse critically education policy trends and articulate the implications for headship, drawing from a range of academic literature
  2. - demonstrate a critical understanding of the key concepts underpinning strategic leadership in schools
  3. - identify and justify the educational purposes underpinning the focus for strategic change, drawing on relevant evidence and appropriate data
  4. - articulate the relationship between professional values and personal commitment in the role of a strategic leader
  5. - evaluate systematically professional practice and development as a strategic leader against the Standard for Headship, drawing from a range of academic literature to inform critical analysis
Reading List
Barber, M., Whelan, F. and Clark, M. (2010) Capturing the Leadership Premium: How the world's top school systems are building leadership capacity for the future. London: McKinsey & Company.
Bush, T., Bell, L. and Middlewood, D. (eds.) (2010) The Principles of Educational Leadership and Management (2nd edition). London: Sage.
O'Brien, J. (ed.) (2016) School Leadership (3rd edition). Edinburgh: Dunedin Press.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills This course will support participants to develop their capabilities to:
- search for, evaluate and use information to develop their knowledge and understanding
- have an informed respect for the principles, methods, standards, values and boundaries of their discipline(s) and the capacity to question these
- be independent learners who take responsibility for their own learning, and are committed to continuous reflection, self-evaluation and self-improvement
- seek and value open feedback to inform genuine self-awareness
- make effective use of oral, written and visual means to critique, negotiate, create and communicate understanding
- understand social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities and issues
Additional Class Delivery Information Induction seminar;
3 whole days of seminars/lectures;
Seminar for assignment submission guidance
Keywordseducational leadership,educational management,strategic leadership,Standard for Headship
Course organiserMs Sheila Laing
Course secretaryMrs Lesley Spencer
Tel: (0131 6)51 6373
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