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Module XME-4083:
Educational Leadership

Module Facts

Run by School of Education and Human Development

30 Credits or 15 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Organiser: Mr Huw Clwyd Phillips

Overall aims and purpose

The overall aim is to enable students to have a critical understanding and appreciation of effective educational leadership: 1. to develop an understanding of schools as organisations and how context influences effectiveness. 2. to appreciate the notion of teamwork and how distributed leadership can be effective in organisations. 3. to enable students to understand the key responsibilities of effective leadership eg leading teaching and learning, recruitment, developing future leaders. 4. to appreciate that the management of performance needs to be central to overall leadership and management at institutional level. 5. to reflect on school leadership in the 21st century and how leaders need to think and act both locally and globally.

Course content

The module is divided into the following topics: 1. Context for leadership and management 2. Organisational cultures, structures and roles 3. Models of educational leadership 4. Leading and managing through teams 5. Distributed leadership 6. Leading learning and teaching 7. Managing meetings, time and stress 8. Recruitment and selection 9. Induction and retention 10. Managing conflict 11. Leading and managing performance 12. Leadership for inclusion 13. Leading and managing change 14. Developing future leaders - international perspectives

Assessment Criteria


At this level students show evidence of planning which leads to a satisfactory assignment structure, satisfactory understanding of theories and analysis, and appropriate use of research. Arguments are supported by appropriate evidence. Assignment mark range - 50% - 59% Category - PASS


At this level students show good insight, offer sustained and relevant analysis. Assignments are well researched and referenced, written with a clear structure and style. Assignment mark range - 60% - 69% Category - MERIT


At this level students demonstrate excellence in power of analysis, argument and originality. Students also demonstrate excellent organisation, use a wide range of research and stylistic quality. Assignment mark range - 70%+ Category - DISTINCTION

Learning outcomes

  1. By the end of this module, successful students will: To have a critical understanding of the nature and leadership of change in educational organisations.

  2. By the end of this module, successful students will:

    Be able to effectively contextualise their understanding so as to critically evaluate the leadership and management in an educational organisation with which they are familiar. .

  3. By the end of this module, successful students will: Have a critical understanding of leadership and management in the context of educational organisations.

  4. By the end of this module, successful students will: Have a critical awareness of how effective leadership at all levels enables educational organisations to be effective.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Essay 3000 words 50
Group presentation 50

Teaching and Learning Strategy


Contact time: 30 hours. A combination of lectures, seminars, and workshops with individual and group presentations. The teaching places an emphasis on formative assessment via individual and group presentations on seminar themes.


Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Mentoring - Able to support, help, guide, inspire and/or coach others
  • Caring - Showing concern for others; caring for children, people with disabilities and/or the elderly
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
  • Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses:

Optional in courses: