The idea that the role of managing education should involve ‘leadership’ has come to prominence around the world in recent years, not least because leadership has come to be seen as the means of achieving organisational change and improvement. Today it is not just headteachers and college principals who are involved in leadership; increasingly leadership is seen as something that permeates throughout the organisation, something that might potentially involve many or even all of the staff in a school or college. Recent official policy has made much of the need for leadership, yet there is a need to distinguish between official rhetoric and educational reality. In this module we look beyond the rhetoric to consider what it takes to be a leader, the kind of knowledge and abilities it requires. We also look at some of the challenges of leadership and the responsibilities leadership brings. What participants should take away from this module is a richer and fuller understanding of how leadership can properly contribute to the running of an educational institution.
*Please note that although all module information is correct for the 2017/18 academic year, it is subject to change for future academic years.
Prof. Viv Ellis
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