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Leadership of inclusive practice (60 credits)

inclusive practice in educationinclusive practice in educationModule Leaders – Dr Mark Turner & Ron Sergejev

Dr Mark Turner is one of Real Group’s directors, a senior educational psychologist, and co-founder of the Nurture Group Network. He has a range of experience in SEND practice as a teacher, SENCO, lecturer, and mentor of students undertaking professional development training.

Ron Sergejev works at Middlesex University as the Programme Leader for MALIE. He also has many years of experience working in school leadership roles.


Why take this module?

This online course aims to develop a critical understanding of the context of inclusive practice in education and the role of leadership in developing inclusive education.

The module will develop a critical understanding of published material on leadership and management models, leadership history, leadership styles, and the difference between leadership and management.

It aims to enable students to critically analyse 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 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 October to join our next cohort.

How will you benefit?

Learning outcomes: knowledge

On successful completion of this module, students will have knowledge and understanding of:

  • The historical context and current practice of inclusive education.
  • A critical understanding of and knowledge of leadership styles and structures appropriate to inclusive education allowing insights into theory and practice.
  • 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 this 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.
  • Have developed 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

Start the module at a time of the year that suits you – October, February, or May.

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

The module content

  • Historical context and current practice of inclusive education.
  • Defining leadership and management.
  • An overview of different leadership styles.
  • Developing self-awareness of one’s own preferred leadership style
  • 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 (5000 words)

A critical analysis of inclusion in education including historical context and in the student’s own setting along with a critical outline of two different school leadership styles and structures in the context of inclusive practice. (1,2,4,5)

Practice analysis (5000 words)

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

Reflective analysis (2000 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 this module 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 £2,580 + 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 October 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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