Effective Middle Leadership

PGCert, 9 months, by distance learning

This is for you if... you would like to develop your skills as a Middle Leader in a school setting.

Course Description

The Postgraduate Certificate in Effective Middle Leadership brings together professional and academic expertise to support middle leaders in developing knowledge, understanding and skills to maximise their effectiveness as school leaders.

The course, which is a collaboration between the Association for School and College Leaders (ASCL) and the University of Leicester, offers you unique opportunities to work with practitioners in collaboration with learning professionals from ASCL and researchers from Education at Leicester.

You will have support from peers on the course in addition to tutor-facilitated opportunities, and you will contribute to and initiate leadership-related discussions in your own setting and beyond.

We offer an optional residential weekend at the start of each module to share the aims of the module, giving you the change to meet your peers and tutors and start module activities. Similarly, there is an optional weekend study day in the second half of each module to help review progress and support your preparations for the final assessments. 

You will be guided by extensive resources, a personal tutor and by working in small groups. If you're based in the UK, there may be also be opportunities to visit other schools in order to share best practice and learn to use the knowledge acquired.

If you have any questions about this course, join us for a live online chat with academic tutors and admissions staff.

Key Facts
Start date
January and October each year
Department
Education
Contact

Social Science Distance Learning Hub
+44 (0)116 252 3755
css-dl@le.ac.uk

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Why Leicester?

Education at Leicester has an excellent international reputation for the development and teaching of intellectually stimulating education courses.

Our courses aim to develop leaders in education and so have been designed with your career prospects in mind.

You will be taught by academics who are at the forefront of research in education and who feed the latest developments into their teaching.

Education at Leicester attracts students and academics from all over the world, allowing you to become part of an inclusive, diverse and professional international network.

Course Structure

Module 1

Module 1

This module will examine the differences between educational leadership and management and the range of roles associated with middle leadership to evaluate how middle leaders can support learning in educational settings and so contribute to school effectiveness and improvement. You will investigate how data can be used effectively and the importance of teacher collaboration. You will develop a research project design based on research questions drawn from a focused review of literature of interest and relevance to you and your setting.

Assessment

  • Review of literature (60%)
  • Oral presentation (40%)

Student Workload

The total workload for this module is 225 hours which is made up of:

  • 27 hours of seminar
  • 3 hours of tutorial
  • 54 hours of guided activity
  • 141 hours of independent-supported activities 


    Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

    Module 2

    Module 2

    In this module you will be supported in carrying out and reporting the research project designed in Module 1.

    This second module offers opportunities to explore collaborative professional development (such as working in partnerships, teams and coaching) to develop skills and expertise in leading the development of others. This relates to taking a role in succession planning and capacity building.

    Assessment

    • Reflective journal-based essay (40%)
    • Research report (60%)

    Student Workload

    The total workload for this module is 225 hours which is made up of:
    • 27 hours of seminar
    • 3 hours of tutorial
    • 20 hours of fieldwork
    • 50 hours of guided activity
    • 125 hours of independent-supported activities

    Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

    Additional Information

    Key dates

    Start date: 17 October 2016
    Application deadline for October 2016: 10 October 2016

    ASCL Professional Development Logo

    This course is a collaboration between the Association for School and College Leaders (ASCL) and the University of Leicester.

    Teaching and Assessment

    You will be supported in studying through a mixture of guided independent study using materials available on our virtual learning environment Blackboard, interactive activities with peers and tutors through blogs, wikis and discussion boards along with a personal tutor to offer focused support on your assignments. No previous experience of using interactive technologies is required. Throughout the course you will develop a wide range of transferable skills, embedded into each module, including research, communication, use of digital technology and collaboration skills.

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    Entry Requirements

    • 2:2 degree (or equivalent)
    • Qualified Teacher Status (or suitable experience in an educational setting)
    English Language Requirements

    IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability.

    International Qualifications

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    Fees and Funding

    • This is the total course fee. Please note that the fees for our distance learning courses are based on where you will be residing in the world during your studies.

      Starting in October 2016 or January 2017

      • £1,905

      Please see our list of available course discounts.

      Each module includes an optional one- or two-day residential and an optional study day. If you'd like to attend these events you will need to cover the cost of your food, travel expenses, and accommodation (in the case of the residentials). We will help you with booking accommodation, which is usually around £50-60 per night. The first residential involves two nights' accommodation and the second residential involves one night's accommodation.

      There are no other additional costs for studying on this programme.

      Find out more about how to pay and scholarships and funding.
    • This is the total course fee. Please note that the fees for our distance learning courses are based on where you will be residing in the world during your studies.

      Starting in October 2016 or January 2017

      • £2,450

      Please see our list of available course discounts.

      Each module includes an optional one- or two-day residential and an optional study day. If you'd like to attend these events you will need to cover the cost of your food, travel expenses, and accommodation (in the case of the residentials). We will help you with booking accommodation, which is usually around £50-60 per night. The first residential involves two nights' accommodation and the second residential involves one night's accommodation.

      There are no other additional costs for studying on this programme.

      Find out more about how to pay and scholarships and funding.

    Career Opportunities

    Education CPD+ offers a range of professional development opportunities for practicing teachers.

    Our PhD opportunities are very popular with those wishing to pursue a particular research interest at doctoral level.

    We are committed to training and developing outstanding teachers. We are proud to be able to support the career progression of so many teachers through the courses we offer, many of whom started their journey with us as PGCE students.

    Careers

    Our Career Development Service is here to support you – by email, phone or skype – with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience and more. From registration to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

    Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
    Effective Middle Leadership PGCert 9 months by distance learning October each year Apply Now
    Course
    Effective Middle Leadership
    Qualification
    PGCert
    Duration
    9 months by distance learning
    Start Dates
    October each year
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