FSC1809 – Essential Leadership Competences for School


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On completion of this course, you will be able to analyse and assess how leadership is practised in your own school community. You will learn how to analyse the school self-evaluation process and, in particular, how it has been (or will be) facilitated in your own school and assess the current strategic infrastructure and identify areas where you can begin to use the concepts discussed. The course will also cover how Instructional Leadership influences school self-evaluation and school improvement and why delegation is an important management technique.

Course Modules

Module 1:

  • The differences between leadership and management in education
  • Different concepts of leadership
  • Why leadership is not necessarily the province of school management only
  • Analyse and assess how leadership is practised in your own school community
  • Skills required to exercise leadership and assess your own leadership capabilities

Module 2:

  • Assess the current strategic infrastructure of the school and identify areas where you can begin to use the concepts discussed
  • Explain the nuances and importance of strategic thinking
  • Court and woo strategic intent using the ABCD model
  • Learn various tools and strategies to help apply the concepts of Strategic Management within your school community

Module 3:

  • Learn how to clearly articulate the meaning of instructional leadership
  • Identify and outline its characteristics
  • Describe the powerful forms of leadership influence upon what happens in classrooms
  • Analyse and outline your own school organisational structures, systems and processes critical to supporting learning-centred leadership

Module 4:

  • Be able to describe how the management and leadership of teams contribute to the effectiveness of the school
  • Assess the needs, responsibilities and motivations of your team
  • How a manager/leader could benefit from knowing team members’ preferred team roles
  • Analyse how these roles could benefit your school in school self-evaluation and improvement processes
  • Recognise and influence the stages of team development

Module 5:

  • Learn how to plan and allocate the work to your teams, e.g. a school improvement team
  • Learn how to explain why delegation is an important management technique
  • Use the process of delegation to delegate effectively
  • Learn how to control your team(s) more efficiently
  • Engage in distributed leadership through delegation

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

  • 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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