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Learning Conversations: Mentoring and Coaching30 creditsMaster of EducationOnlineValidated by Middlesex University


Female teacher in headscarf mentors a younger female colleagueThe Learning Conversations: Mentoring and Coaching module will enable you to become well grounded in mentoring and coaching skills as key leadership tools to support and develop colleagues and build capacity within your setting.

You will be introduced to the field of coaching psychology and its wide range of behavioural and cognitive techniques that enable individuals to reach their capabilities through self-directed learning and personal growth as well as enhancing their well-being. You will build an awareness of theoretical debates about coaching and mentoring, critically engaging with the literature devoted to these themes and reflecting upon the ways in which the two themes interrelate.

You will build a deep understanding of common coaching models including Instructional Coaching and develop your practical skills through regular coaching dialogues in the workplace.

This module is one of the core / recommended modules on our Masters in Inclusive Educational Leadership, 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 Pastoral Care.

Why take this module?

Choose this module and:

  • Develop your understanding of what coaching and mentoring are and the distinctions between them
  • Understand how to deliver successful mentoring and/or coaching and how these can be used as tools for school improvement
  • Constantly develop your practice by critically reviewing your mentoring and/or coaching sessions for maximum impact
  • Achieve 30 level 7 credits that you could put towards further study on our SEND & Inclusion programme

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 detailed knowledge of a range of common coaching models that can be applied across your setting
  • Increase credibility and build confidence by understanding theoretical perspectives and ethical considerations, enabling you to assess potential costs, challenges and barriers for interventions or developments
  • Mentor and/or coach colleagues using an inclusive and collaborative, solution focused, results orientated systematic process, to develop their capabilities and achieve their goals
  • Unlock your personal and professional potential by building a development plan for your setting including your leadership role, colleague engagement, first steps and longer term goals

The module content

Part 1: Theoretical perspectives

  • What is Coaching?
  • What is Mentoring?
  • Paradigms and realities
  • Coaching and Mentoring as a tool for school improvement.

Part 2: Practical perspectives

  • Models of coaching and mentoring
  • Theories of learning (Kolb, Vigotsky)
  • People’s realities and paradigms
  • Preconditions for coaching
  • Reflection as a process of learning
  • Ethical Considerations

Part 3: The practise and reflection

Carry out at least 3 coaching sessions in a chosen method. Keep a diary and critically reflect on your practice and the theory behind Mentoring and Coaching.

How will you be assessed?

Your assessments will consist of the following:

  • Self evaluation questionnaires for you to check your knowledge and understanding throughout the module
  • Submission of prepared materials as part of practice activities
  • Three assessed tasks:

Critical analysis task (2,000 words)

An critical outline of the theory behind at least three models of coaching and mentoring and an analysis of two models of learning theory in relation to your working environment

Practical analysis (2,000 words)

This assignment requires that you gather information on your own or others’ practice in your setting, to review the basis of that practice and to critique it in the light of available theory.

Reflective analysis (2,000 words)

Draft an outline development plan for your setting including your leadership role, colleague engagement, first steps and longer term goals. Provide a rationale for your suggestions and support the assertions you make with evidence. Carry out at least 3 coaching sessions in a chosen method and critically reflect on your learning.

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.

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 £1,495 + VAT 
  • Three instalments of £523+VAT
  • Ten instalments of £162+VAT

For further information please visit our payment FAQ page.

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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 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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