FSC1810 – Leadership Skills for School Improvement


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On completion of this course, you will be able to explain the multiple concepts of leadership (as opposed to management). You will be able to analyse and assess how leadership is practised in your own school community. You will be able to assess the skills required to exercise leadership and to consider your own leadership capabilities. You will also learn the meaning of instructional leadership and the theories behind motivation. You will be able to identify how you can apply the theories of leadership and motivation in your own school to create a richer environment for staff and students alike.

Course Modules

Module 1:

  • Learn the differences between leadership and management in education
  • Discover the different concepts of leadership
  • Learn why leadership is not necessarily the province of school management only
  • Analyse and assess how leadership is practised in your own school community
  • Discover the skills required to exercise leadership and to assess your own leadership capabilities
  • Learn about the dynamics of team development

Module 2:

  • Learn the meaning of instructional leadership
  • Discover how leadership influences what happens in classrooms
  • Learn how to analyse your own school organisational structures, systems and processes critical to supporting learning-centred leadership
  • Discover how Instructional Leadership influences school self-evaluation and school improvement

Module 3:

  • Learn how to identify the cause or causes of problems within your school community
  • Describe the process of the Solution Path
  • Explain the importance of goals in problem solving
  • Understand the need to collect information about problems
  • Two techniques used in problem solving within a school
  • Generate a range of possible solutions to school problems and decide which works best

Module 4:

  • Explore what differentiates a project from other types of work
  • Identify the essential stages in a project life cycle
  • Define the vision, objectives and scope of a project with key stakeholders in a school community
  • Identify the key elements of a project plan
  • Practice analysis techniques for project planning

Module 5:

  • Learn how to apply the theories of motivation within your school community
  • Discover what motivates learning
  • Learn about the motivational factors that stimulate and sustain student learning
  • Learn some tools and strategies to help increase motivation
  • Measure your ability as a motivational manager

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 to 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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