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Leadership of Inclusive Practice (30 credits)

Why take this module?

The Leadership of Inclusive Practice module aims to consolidate the student’s understanding of published material on leadership and management models, leadership history, leadership styles and the difference between leadership and management.

The Leadership of Inclusive Practice course will build upon the student’s understanding of the context of inclusive practice in education and the role of leadership in developing inclusive education

This module will enable students to critically analyse and review their own leadership styles and those deployed in their educational institutions and reflect on and formulate arguments for leading and managing inclusive practice.

It also aims to further develop their skills of leadership and management and
understand what is meant by leadership.

To apply selected leadership and management strategies to a change and improvement project.

Cohorts begin in February, June, or October.

Book and enrol before 15 June to join our next cohort.

How will you benefit?

Learning outcomes: knowledge

On successful completion of the Leadership of Inclusive Practice distance learning module, students will have knowledge and understanding of:

  • The current practice of inclusive education.
  • What high quality leadership looks like in practice, and how it can be demonstrated and evaluated?
  • Which management skills are required in order to underpin effective leadership?
  • Have developed a systematic acquisition of advanced academic knowledge of leadership and management.
  • Their own leadership style and management skills in the context of school improvement and inclusion.

Learning outcomes: skills

On successful completion of the Leadership of Inclusive Practice module, students will be able to:

  • Develop a better understanding of what is happening in their own setting as a result of their own and others’ leadership.
  • Manage change through effective planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and review of work.
  • Plan, negotiate with stakeholders and tutors, and implement a change/improvement project applying their knowledge of leadership and management.
  • Demonstrate personal effectiveness skills, including communication, time management and people management.
  • Demonstrate skills in leading and managing people.
  • Critically examine the impact of their leadership and management on the Institution.
  • Understand and apply appropriate ethical and professional standards.

Choose a start date that suits you

Cohorts begin in February, June, or October.

Book and enrol before 15 June to join our next cohort.


The module content

  • Current policy and practice in inclusive education
  • An overview of different leadership styles.
  • Reviewing one’s own preferred leadership style(s).
  • Organisational cultures.
  • Management of change.
  • Using evidence and/or data.
  • Holding others to account.
  • Strategy, planning and policies
  • Ethics of reflective practice.
  • A change and improvement project.
  • Leadership and management research.

Module strands

Module strands are designed to support the learner through the subject area:

Strand 1

  • Gaining knowledge – the history of inclusive education, current knowledge, legislation, guidance and research.
  • Leadership styles, strategy and planning for positive change.

Strand 2

  • Understanding practice, developing leading inclusive practice through the undertaking of a change project.

Strand 3

  • Reflection and next steps
  • Developing strategies for change.

How will you be assessed?

Summative Assessment

Assessment is through three coursework assignments covering the learning outcomes and will consist of the following (numbers in brackets refer to learning outcomes assessed):

Critical analysis (2000 words)

A critical outline of two different school leadership styles and structures in the context of current inclusive practice. 

Practice analysis (3000 words)

Outline of change project aimed at school improvement in context of developing inclusive learning environments. 

Reflective analysis (1000 words)

Reflective account of developing self-awareness and leadership skills and competencies gained and in development. 

Are you eligible?

Do you have an undergraduate degree?

You will need one to take this module.

Already working in an education setting?

You will get the most out of the Leadership of Inclusive Practice course if you work in an education setting with children, young people, or adults.

Or do you require access to an education setting?

You will need to get written permission from a senior member of staff to regularly access a setting. We will show you the best way to do this, enabling you to carry out our learning activities in your chosen setting.

Please note

As part of this process, you will also need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Visit GOV.UK for more information.

Are you based in an international setting?

This course is available online and can, therefore, be completed anywhere in the world. Please click here for advice on payment options and other information relevant to those studying outside of the UK.

How much does it cost?

  • Single payment of £1,300 + VAT.

Speak to us (01273 358080) or make a booking.

When does the course start?

Cohorts begin in February, June, or October.

Book and enrol before 15 June to join our next cohort.

Please note: as it takes time to process your application and payment, we strongly recommend to register as soon as possible, so that you don’t miss the next intake.

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