Educational leadership: context, strategy and collaboration
This module explores the external facing and strategic aspects of leadership and management in education, including the impact of environmental and internal organisational factors, leadership theories, perspectives and values, leading change strategy and collaboration and partnerships. E856 takes an experiential learning and reflective practitioner approach and helps you to examine current issues and concerns in your own practice settings and to be involved in peer collaborative learning. The module uses a blend of learning methods and includes a printed Reader containing material by major authors in the field and a DVD providing UK and international examples of leadership practice.
11 Oct 2014
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10 Oct 2015
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This module is expected to start for the last time in October 2016.
What you will study
This module enables you to explore current thinking on educational leadership and management, and encourages effective integration of theory and practice in developing your leadership skills. Designed to meet the professional development needs of teachers, middle and senior managers, and others working in educational and related organisations, the module will develop your understanding of educational leadership themes and concepts, as well as your skills of critical reflection, analysis and communication. You do not need to have a designated leadership post to benefit from E856.
E856 will enable you to develop your:
knowledge and understanding of key themes and issues in educational leadership and management: theories, values, change and strategy, partnerships and collaboration
understanding of the impact of changing contextual factors on educational organisations
investigative understanding and skills
ability to critically analyse and evaluate theoretical ideas and practice
ability to reflect on and apply module ideas to your own practice both within your own organisation and with the community and other organisations and professionals with whom you work
communication and team work skills.
Online group activities are an integral part of the module, closely linked to the assignments, enabling you to learn interactively, working with other students and your tutor. The audio-visual material is designed to extend your understanding of practice beyond your own personal setting, to help you draw on alternative contexts and perspectives to reflect on and develop your own practice, and develop your understanding of the importance and value of diversity and cross-cultural/national perspectives in educational leadership.
The assignments will enable you to apply what you learn to your own professional context. The end-of- module assignment (which takes the place of an examination) is a small scale leadership project that will both develop you as a leader and benefit your organisation.
E856 is designed to meet the needs of a wide range of practitioners both in the UK and more widely, from primary phase teachers through to college lecturers, heads of department, head teachers, those working in early years and youth work settings, and more specialised educational practitioners.
National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) applicants who hold the Master of Arts in Education (Leadership and Management) or the Master in Education (Leadership and Management) can use their prior learning in their NPQH application.
E856 can be studied on its own or as part of the Masters degree in Education (F01) , where it can count towards the leadership and management specialism.
You must hold a bachelors degree from a UK university or other recognised degree-awarding body, or a qualification at equivalent level.
A minimum score of 7 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is recommended for students for whom English is not a first language. Please see their website for details.
If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service.
E856 is an optional module in our:
E856 is one of the modules you must select if you want to name your degree MA in Education (Leadership and Management) or Master of Education (Leadership and Management).
Some postgraduate qualifications allow study to be chosen from other subject areas. We advise you to refer to the relevant qualification descriptions for information on the circumstances in which this module can count towards these qualifications because from time to time the structure and requirements may change.
Sometimes you will not be able to count a module towards a qualification if you have already taken another module with similar content. To check any excluded combinations relating to this module, visit our excluded combination finder or check with our Student Registration & Enquiry Service before registering.
As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the Module Regulations and the Student Regulations which are
available on our Essential documents website.
If you have a disability
In this module you are expected to use a wide range of resources. Most of the study materials will be delivered as web pages, pdf files and web-based tools. Many tutorial and student-led discussions and activities will be carried out in text-based discussion forums online. To complement this interaction, some discussions and collaborative activities will take place as live events in our audio-conferencing environment, which combines voice, text and images.
We have tried to avoid using inaccessible resources, but some material that is core for the module may not be easily accessible if you use assistive technology. Some students may find the amount of reading from different sources challenging. In most cases there will be sufficient alternative activities and materials to enable you to complete assignments successfully. Where this is not the case, you will be given individual support by your tutor in collaboration with other University staff. Support for access to Library resources is available from the Library Helpdesk.
Written transcripts of any audio components and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of printed material are available. Some Adobe PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader. Alternative formats of the study materials may be available in the future.
If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Find out more about our services for disabled students.
Study material and activities are provided online only by means of a dedicated website which also provides access to a range of electronic tools, including real time conferencing and online forums. All the online video material is also supplied on DVD. You will be expected to search for other materials relevant to your assignments, and the module will provide you with help and guidance for your literature searching.
You will also be provided with access to Masters degree in Education qualification website, where additional guidance materials will be found.
You will need a computer with internet access to study this module as it includes online activities, which you can access using a web browser.
If you have purchased a new desktop or laptop computer since 2008 you should have no problems completing the online activities.
If you’ve got a netbook, tablet or other mobile device check our Technical requirements section.
If you use an Apple Mac you will need OS X 10.7 or later.
You can also visit the Technical requirements section for further computing information (including details of the support we provide).
Teaching and assessment
Support from your tutor
Your tutor will be responsible for assessing your assignments and providing detailed feedback on them. Tutor support will be provided both through group activities in online forums and real time online tutorials.
You will be expected to use the links on the E856 website to access articles and chapters relevant to your assignments and to use these and the University library’s electronic search facilities to search for other materials relevant to your assignments.
Contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.
The assessment details can be found in the facts box above.
You must use the online eTMA system to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) and the end-of-module assessment.
Students also studied
Students who studied this course also studied at some time:
The details given here are for the module that starts in October 2014. We expect it to be available once a year.
How to register
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