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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

This is the second module in the recently developed, SCEL initiated Into Headship PG certificate programme. The aim of this course is to enable participants to gain the knowledge and understanding needed to manage a collaborative change process with members of the wider school community. The module will also map sets of strategies to address the educational issue identified in Module 1 of the PG Certificate.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 40 credits (20 ECTS credits)
Campus Online Sustained Study No
  • Mr Neil McLennan

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Course content will cover:

The course is based upon the model of professional learning which comprises four interdependent components: critical reflection, knowledge building, experiential learning and social learning processes.

Nature of change and strategic change processes: Building capability and capacity for improvement

Organisational cultures and the political and ethical dimensions of the context and culture for headship

Stakeholder engagement and the importance of inclusive approaches; working with the community and the school to build commitment; appreciative enquiry

 Emergent and responsive planning within an appreciative inquiry frame

Change improvement and sustainability

Long term planning: cycles, milestones and responsive planning

Resource planning and risk assessment

Managing conflict and securing commitment

Developing and managing the action research cycle

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments


First attempt: Participants will be required to submit for summative assessment, assignment(s) equivalent to 8,000 words which will be assessed against specific criteria. There will be two elements to the assignment and participants must satisfy both elements in order to receive a pass grade.

Resit: A revised version of the appropriate part of the assessment will be required in the event of a submission failing to meet the assessment criteria.



Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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