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Leadership of Inclusive Practice (60 credits)60 creditsMaster of EducationOnlineValidated by Middlesex University


Two female teachers walk down a hallwayThe Leadership of Inclusive Practice module will help you to develop a critical understanding of published material on leadership and management models, leadership history, leadership styles and the difference between leadership and management. It will enable you to critically analyse your own leadership styles and that of your educational setting and reflect on and formulate arguments for leading and managing inclusive practice.

You will also develop your skills of leadership and management, understand what is meant by Inclusive leadership, and how to apply the skills and strategies you’ve learnt to an improvement project.

This module is one of the core / recommended modules on our Masters in Pastoral Care, but when combined with other modules can also be completed as part of one of our other Masters programmes: AutismEducational AssessmentSEND and Inclusion Programme or Inclusive Educational Leadership Programme. Please note, there is also a 30 credit option for this module.

Why take this module?

Choose this module and:

  • Build knowledge of the historical context of inclusive education and SEND
  • Develop a critical understanding of and knowledge of leadership styles and structures appropriate to inclusive education allowing insights into theory and practice
  • Acquire advanced academic knowledge of leadership and management
  • Understand what high quality leadership looks like in practice, and how it can be demonstrated and evaluated
  • Achieve 60 level 7 credits that you could put towards further study on one of our Postgraduates programmes: SEND and Inclusion or Inclusive Educational Leadership. If you decide not to complete any further studies with us after this module, you can exit the programme with a Postgraduate Certificate in Inclusive Educational Leadership

Cohorts begin in January, May, or September.

The next cohort begins on 15 September 2024. Book and enrol before 15 September 2024 to join our next cohort.

How will you benefit?

This module will benefit you and your setting in a wide variety of ways. Over the duration of the course, you will:

  • Develop your skills in leading and managing people and be able to critically examine the impact of your leadership and management on your educational setting
  • Be able to better understand what is happening in your setting as a result of your own and others’ leadership
  • Have the ability to manage change through effective planning, negotiation, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and review of work with stakeholders and tutors
  • Demonstrate personal effectiveness skills, including communication, time management, and people management

The module content

  • Historical context of inclusion and SEND
  • Defining leadership and management
  • Leadership styles
  • Organisational cultures
  • Management of change
  • Holding others to account
  • Planning
  • Ethics in research
  • The Change/Improvement Project
  • Leadership and management research

How will you be assessed?

Your assessments will consist of the following:

  • A reflective learning journal, the contents of which may be used as evidence of professional practices within your e-portfolio
  • Three assessed tasks:

Critical analysis (5,000 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.

Practice analysis (5,000 words)

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

Reflective analysis (2,000 words)

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

How is the module delivered?

  • Our courses are delivered through Campus Online, our unique provision for online learning.
  • Campus Online allows you to study at your own pace, without the need to travel, or commit to particular dates or times. Log in to access your study materials, contact your personal tutor for support, connect and network with other delegates and make use of the extensive resource library.
  • You can easily track your progress throughout the course and submit your work and evidence of assignments for feedback.

Are you eligible?

  • You will need to hold an undergraduate degree.
  • You will need to be working in an educational setting for this module. If you aren’t currently working in an educational setting you will need written permission from a senior member of staff to regularly access a setting.
  • This module cannot be completed as part of a PGDip or MEd if you are using credits from either the National Award for SEN Coordination (NASENCO), the International Award for SEN Coordination (iSENCO) or the 30 credit version of this module combined with a leadership NPQ.

Are you based in an international setting?

This module is available online and can therefore be completed anywhere in the world. The programme content is designed and written with both UK and international settings in mind.

Please click here for advice on payment options and other information relevant to those studying outside of the UK.

How much does it cost?

We offer a flexible range of fees to suit you:

  • A one-off payment of £2,495 + VAT 
  • Three instalments of £857 + VAT
  • Ten instalments of £262 + VAT

For further information please visit our payment FAQ page.

Speak to us on +44(0)1273 358080 or make a booking.

When does the course start?

Cohorts begin in January, May, or September.

The next cohort begins on 15 September 2024. Book and enrol before 15 September 2024 to join our next cohort.

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

Please note: This course is currently subject to approval.

How long does it take to complete the course?

You will have up to a year to complete this course.

We do understand, however, that circumstances can arise that could prevent the course from being completed during this time. If this is the case, an extension can be arranged in conjunction with the admin team and your tutor.

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