TE7078 - Educational Leadership and Management: Models and Processes

What will I learn on this module?

This module focusses on various ways of conceptualising educational leadership and management, from formal structures and notions of bureaucracy to critical and subjective theories. This module will provide an opportunity to explore leadership and management in an education context from a holistic, strategic perspective. You will explore the four management processes of planning, organising, leading and controlling. You will also have the opportunity to consider the more practical aspects of a leader’s role, i.e. the structural, financial, legal and HR aspects. In addition to drawing on the expertise of those who work in the sector in considering how these theories translate into practice, it will offer the opportunity for you to explore your own practice/perceptions of strategic management and how theory might impact on them.

How will I learn on this module?

A ‘research rich’ learning approach will enable you to build on your previous higher education experiences as an active inquirer and participant in your own learning. This will be at the heart of the teaching and learning strategy for this module. In order to maximise the learning in this module sessions will include a mix of formal lectures, seminars and group work. The e-learning portal will provide additional learning support and enable communication between students and staff.

Students will be encouraged to engage with current research in this field through the critical evaluation of research papers that will then be further explored within seminars.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Your main form of academic support for each module is provided by the module leader and other members of the module team. The module leader will ensure that you receive clear guidance about the module learning outcomes and how you will be assessed against these. They will also guide through exercises during the timetabled sessions, and ensure that both individual and group tutorial time is identified during the module. The University’s eLearning Portal will offer remote access to materials and aids for reinforcing your learning.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. You will develop a critical understanding of what is involved in the improvement of schools or other educational establishments, in relation to cultural context and priorities and explore the role of educational vision in effective strategic leadership and management.
Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
1. You will critically reflect upon models of leadership and management
2. You will critically evaluate the ways in which leadership behaviours impact on organisations.
3. Identify and critically evaluate management and leadership research methods
4. Identify and critically evaluate management and leadership approaches to the structural issues within educational establishments

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
1. Enhance your communication skills through your presentation on an aspect of leadership and management and through your written summative assessment

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment
Prepare and deliver a presentation on an aspect of leadership and management.

You will have received constructive verbal feedback from the tutor and peers

Summative Assessment
You will discuss and critically evaluate an aspect of leadership and management in an educational setting.
(4500 words)
(KU 1) (IPSA 1-4) (PVA 1)

You will receive graded written feedback using the criteria and the elaborated marking scale.





Module abstract

In this module you will have the opportunity to discuss and critically analyse and evaluate what constitutes effective management and leadership within the national context of the UK educational system. You will consider the management processes with a more practical focus on the structural, strategic, financial legal and HR aspects of the leader’s work. Drawing on current research, you will apply these concepts of management and leadership to your own experience/practice from their own experiences and from current research

Course info

Credits 30

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 20 Months Full Time
2 other options available

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start January 2025

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Full time Courses starting in 2023 are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but may include elements of online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future. Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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