Gain the knowledge and capabilities needed for informal leadership and senior posts on this flexible course that can be customised to suit you.
"I found that the staff at the University of Gloucestershire both encouraged and challenged me to achieve my potential. They made the modules relevant to current practice in schools and to me as an individual.
The course has benefited me by enabling me to reflect on my current role and leadership practice. It taught me to evaluate and research more thoroughly the strategies that impact on those I lead.
It was also a great opportunity to meet other leaders and to engage in professional discussions about current issues and our leadership roles."
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Take part in interdisciplinary study covering topics such as inclusion, sustainability and education policy.
Get a range of perspectives and develop you own practice by visiting your peers at work - and invite them to visit you!
We proactively work with students to publish work when it is of an excellent standard.
Join our active community of experienced teachers and practitioners at our stunning Francis Close Hall campus.
Our Francis Close Hall campus has been part of our heritage for 150 years and it is home to our active community of experienced teachers and practitioners.
While just 10 minutes' walk from Cheltenham town centre, you will find everything you need on site, including IT labs with cutting edge equipment, a specialist library, cafÃ© and shop.
Off campus, benefit from real experience through our network of over 400 schools in Gloucestershire and beyond.
Academic Course Leader
"I've worked at the University of Gloucestershire for about three years. Before that I was an advisory teacher for the council, specializing in autism, and speech, language and communication.
The MA offers the opportunity to get away from the workplace and really take the time to focus on what's important to you. The course is not about formal lectures, it's about discussions and seminars, and understanding different education contexts.
We like to share experiences on the course, and our alumni and other guest speakers come in to engage with our students. Our favourite parts of the course are being interactive with students, having those challenging conversations and being forced to think from different perspectives; we're always learning too."
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Joint Academic Course Leader
Before joining the University of Gloucestershire, Tristan was a Senior Leader in an infant school. His research continually returns to the role of leadership linked to his passion for Inclusive Education and Nurture Groups. He believes that this course is exciting and rewarding for students and lecturers to participate in because of the challenging conversations informed by research, literature and practice in education.
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This course is an essential basis for school leaders who wish to understand what the academic field has to contribute to their understanding of leadership. It explains how leaders, leading and leadership have moved from obscurity to centre stage over recent years.
The purpose of the course is to develop a deep critical understanding of leadership as applied to educational settings. It is designed to explore how we lead people and organisations from multiple perspectives such as Psychology, Sociology, Management and Organisational Theory. This will allow you to consider and reflect on new ideas and critique your own practice in light of theory and research.
The teaching is through discussion, reflection and case study analysis. This interactive approach will support you in critically reflecting on your own leadership and how you apply this to the organisations and the individuals around you.
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The teaching is through discussion, reflection and case study analysis. Assessment is 100% by coursework.International and expatriate students may study this programme in the countries in which they work. An agreed minimum number of students will be required.
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