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Educational Leadership: Working for Good

Explore educational leadership and develop leadership skills through critical thinking with this online course for school leaders.

5,288 enrolled on this course

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  • Duration

    3 weeks
  • Weekly study

    4 hours

Change the way you understand educational leadership

Leadership is about thinking. On this course, you will explore educational leadership and develop leadership skills through critical thinking with this online course for school leaders.

Leaders in schools, colleges, and nurseries have a responsibility to put education first despite being bound by standardisation and the business mindset of policy creation. On this course, you will feel empowered to rethink your understanding of how leadership is created and the ways it can benefit your students and colleagues.

Through critical thinking, you will explore how to take control of your own leadership skills. You will discuss different models of educational leadership and identify the challenges and opportunities that leadership offers.

This is not a ‘practical’ or ‘hands-on’ leadership solution, but will instead challenge you to think and develop your intellectual capacity.

You’ll come away with a different understanding of educational leadership.

What topics will you cover?

  • Researching leadership in the context of education and individual professional contexts.
  • The relationship between historical and contemporary practices of leadership, in an educational context.
  • Comparing and evaluating leadership models within education and how education, as an industry, is changing.
  • Comparison between national and international schools leadership.
  • Differences between educational policy and systems and how they impact on leadership.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explore how leadership knowledge is generated and passed on by critically engaging with knowledge useful for their practice.
  • Engage with conversations about Educational Leadership Models to recognise what it takes to move from being in charge to being in control.
  • Interpret education policy from a leadership perspective by engaging critically with the material.
  • Evaluate leadership challenges and opportunities typical of de-regulated international educational spaces.

Who is the course for?

This course is for aspiring and existing leaders in education, including teachers and managers. It will also be beneficial for university administrators, corporate educators, and government officers.

Who will you learn with?

Lecturer in educational leadership at the University of Manchester.
International Educational Leadership Expert: 22 years teaching/research experience and
formerly leadership lecturer at RMA Sandhurst.

Who developed the course?

The University of Manchester

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Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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