ED2BLE-Leadership in Education

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Dr Karen Jones
Email: karen.jones@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:
This module will explore and critically appraise recent trends in theoretical constructs of educational leadership that trace developments in school/instructional leadership, to transformational leadership, toward distributed leadership. Linking theory with the practice of doing educational leadership, a concurrent focus will be placed on individual development to provide opportunities for learners to engage in and practice key behaviours associated with leading in an educational context.


  • To develop knowledge and understanding of practices which are essential to effective educational leadership performance;

  • Provide learners with a better understanding of their own approach to leading and ways in which they can develop that approach further;

  • To provide opportunities to experiment with a number of key leadership practices with the aim of developing them into habits;

  • To expand understanding of the actions which can ‘count’ as constituting educational ‘leadership’.

Assessable learning outcomes:

At the end of the module the learner will be expected to be able to:

  • Identify theories of leadership for effective leading of self, others, teams and educational workplaces.

  • Demonstrate an ability to identify and analyse leadership competencies for developing self, others and teams and educational workplaces.

  • Reflect on the development of own leadership capabilities and identify areas for improvement.

  • Demonstrate self-awareness and ability to reflect on developing personal philosophy and identity as an educational leader.

Additional outcomes:
Cognitive/Intellectual: Analysis and evaluation of theories to develop leadership competencies.

Knowledge and Understanding: Knowledge and understanding of theories and concepts for effective educational leadership. Cultivate self-understanding for leadership development and practice.

Research Skills: The ability to identify sources of information, evaluate evidence and collate information from a range of sources, including lectures, seminars and library resources.

Key/transferable skills: Development of leadership skills for influencing, communicating, persuading, building relationships, working/leading in teams, resolving conflict, managing time. Develop skills in both written and oral communication. The development of co-operative learning skills - sharing information, discussing course topics and contributing to debates. The ability to read and understand relevant core texts, utilise theories and concepts in class discussions, coursework and for personal development. The ability to reflect upon learning in order to evaluate personal performance and plan future learning.

Outline content:

Global context:
The module is organised around six key themes:

1.Understanding the changing nature of educational leadership
2.Developing yourself as an educational leader
3.Getting started
4.Educational leadership in action
5.The challenge of Educational Leadership
6.Reading the educational work environment

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:


Small group work

Outdoor team experiential building exercises and trust building techniques

Case Study Learning

Problem solving

Supplementary online learning resources

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 24
Guided independent study: 176
Total hours by term 0 200 0
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

One essay, 2500 words. Full details will be available before the beginning of the module in the Module Handbook

Formative assessment methods:

Peer review

Tutor feedback

Penalties for late submission:

The Support Centres will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

Assessment requirements for a pass:

Reassessment arrangements:
Resubmission during the summer resit period.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

1) Required text books: The essential text books for this module can be seen on the online reading list.  A selection of these texts are available either in the library or through access to UoR online resources. Alternatively, you may be able to source reading materials through a number of online retailers where they may be obtained at a lower cost than the publisher’s recommended price.

2) Specialist equipment or materials: 

3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear: 

4) Printing and binding: 

5) Computers and devices with a particular specification: 

6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: There may be some visits to places of interest – travel costs of approximately £30 may be required.

Last updated: 13 August 2021


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