FSC1808 – Characteristic Management Skills for School Leaders


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On completion of this course, you will be able to identify and describe the roles and skills of management in a general school environment. You will be provided with the techniques and skills to analyse, evaluate, and prioritize your daily work to help in the efficient running of an educational establishment. Using SMART goals and applying Pareto’s Principle to school issues, the course will guide you to becoming a more effective leader.

Course Modules

Module 1:

  • Overview of the contents of the course, its different teaching components, and its assessment procedures
  • A basic understanding of the role and skills of management
  • What Principals as managers do?
  • Basic management skills involved in a school context
  • Analyse the organizational structure of your school
  • Analyse the power disparity within your school
  • Analyse the context within which School Self-evaluation must take place

Module 2:

  • Use techniques to encourage creative ideas (Reverse brainstorming, Star bursting, Random input)
  • Barriers to creative thinking and resistance
  • An overview of creative teaching
  • Evaluate the creativity and innovation in your school community
  • How Principals and other school management encourage creativity

Module 3:

  • Apply the theories of motivation within your school community
  • Describe what motivates learning
  • Assess the current motivational environment to identify areas where you are currently motivating and satisfying members of staff
  • The motivational factors that stimulate and sustain student learning
  • Learn some tools and strategies to help increase motivation that you can start applying today to help motivate your school team(s)
  • Measure your ability as a motivational manager

Module 4:

  • School examples of how the ‘problem’ arises
  • Multiple factors contributing to a problem using Cause and Effect diagrams
  • Describe ‘stopping’ and ‘mopping’ school-based problems

Module 5:

  • Apply Pareto’s Principle to school issues
  • Prioritize tasks by understanding how to apply the Urgent/Important matrix
  • Reduce and control interruptions
  • Analyze the types of activities that take up the majority of your time
  • Learn how to set appropriate SMART goals and objectives
  • Effectively manage your inbox using delegation and prioritization techniques
  • Organise other people in your school community in order to better manage your own time

After each module you will be required to contribute a post to the module forum in response to questions posed by the course facilitator. Each question will require critical thinking on the topic posited. The moderated forum is designed to stimulate discussion among your community of learners. During the course, you will need to answer multiple-choice questions to assess your knowledge retention.

When you have finished the five modules you will be expected to do an end of course assignment. This exercise will take the form of a reflective exercise, creation of a plan and/or a presentation which can be used in the following academic year. The assignment will provide you with an opportunity to analyse:

Key learning points

  • How the course relates to your own practice
  • How to apply what you have learned in your own school

Learning Records

As part of the successful completion of all summer courses, you are required to compile a learning record that demonstrates your attainment of the course aims and learning outcomes. The learning record may contain tasks, work samples, assignments, photographs, reflections and other artefacts that demonstrate your learning during the course.

Your Learning Record should be in electronic format and at a minimum must contain the six completed assignments (5 X MCQs and End of Course Assignment) and all posts to the forums. Learning records must also contain a CPD log. The log should verify that you’ve completed a minimum of ten hours of learning online and the maximum of ten self-verified hours allowable for other learning activities.

Course Requirements

  • PC, Tablet or Mobile
  • Speakers or Headphones


Online: www.teachersummercourses.com

Phone: 076 602 5026

Course Duration: 20 hours

Course Fee: €69

Start Date: 2nd July 2018


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