Understanding School Improvement (20 credits)
This module will provide you with a critical and practical understanding of school effectiveness and improvement, and evidence-informed practice in education. It will enable you to judge the extent to which claims for preferring one approach to another can currently be justified by available evidence whilst also providing a basis for developing your own practice and supporting the development of others. The module reviews effects of teaching on a range of outcomes including attainment, inclusion and aspirations.
Leadership for School Improvement (20 credits)
Focusing on the qualities and skills that will enable you to play a more effective part in the leadership of your school or area of responsibility. Leadership and teamwork have been consistently identified in research studies as among the key factors that contribute to school improvement. The module will also examine the needs, demands, and aspirations of the various stake holders in the participants’ own schools; the culture in their schools; the vision for the future development of their schools; and planning and managing change.
The following is a recommended module for all students on this programme, however you may choose to select from a range of alternative optional modules.
Educational Policy and Improving Schools (20 credits)
This module will enable you to critically review current debates in education policy and the implications of alternative stances on education policy for school improvement and professional practice. The module will focus on:
- the different contributions that are made by parents, students, education professionals and policy makers to the outcomes of schooling
- the impacts of professional practice and school organisation on the interactions between education professionals, parents, students and policy makers. At the end of this module you will be able to critically review current debates in education policy and the implications of alternative stances on education policy for school improvement and professional practice.
Dissertation (60 credits)
In your final year of study you undertake a Master’s Dissertation (60 credits) in an area related to your practice. We will provide you with the research methods training that will allow you to conduct a piece of critical research and to develop an in-depth understanding of an educational topic of personal and/or professional interest. You will receive individualised supervisory support as you undertake your dissertation.