Certificate in Strategic Educational Leadership
A short, accessible level 7 module for school business professionals who want to demonstrate their strategic educational leadership.
20 credits at level 7
Aims of the module
This module provides a valuable opportunity for participants, either individually or as a group, to reflect critically on an area of personal or professional practice by engaging with appropriate literature and research in the negotiated field.
The ‘Negotiated Field’ is the area or topic that is being studied. This is agreed with the tutor at the start of the module. Examples of the negotiated field could include, a specific project you have worked on as an SBP, an area of the ISBL Professional Standards you want to research and develop in, or an area of strategic school leadership.
- Developed in-depth knowledge and understanding of the negotiated topic area;
- Engaged critically in a systematic review of the literature pertinent to the negotiated topic area;
- Critically evaluated and applied key concepts and theories related to the negotiated topic area;
- Developed critical insights into the negotiated topic area.
- Introductory webinar
- Leadership theories
- Culture within education
- Critical incident analysis
- Leading change in education
- Assignment writing
This will be supplemented by a range of online resources including, but not limited to, a series of webinars, videos, PowerPoints, eBooks and journal articles.
Learners on this module will follow a high-level structure to their study but will be expected to work independently as they research and analyse their chosen negotiated topic area. This includes seeking support and advice from the module tutor as well as ensuring that all deadlines are met.
The Certificate in Strategic School Leadership is delivered 100% online. You will not need to attend any sessions at the University of Chester. All delivery is carried out via webinars, virtual tutorials, etc.
The module lasts one academic term. There are three cohorts per year, starting at the beginning of the Autumn, Spring and Summer term.
Individuals will complete one written assessment of 4500–5000 words, covering the four learning outcomes stated above and the agreed element of tier 4 of the ISBL Professional Standards.
In order to pass the assessment, students will need to achieve a mark of at least 50%.
How is the programme funded?
The module is either paid for directly by your school/trust or it can be self-funded. It is separate from the apprenticeship scheme and unfortunately is not eligible for apprenticeship funding.
On completion, you could continue your study and complete two more modules to achieve a postgraduate certificate in educational leadership (PgC) qualification.
You do not have to do this immediately; you can take a break and then rejoin the University of Chester later on in the academic year to continue your studies.
To meet the criteria for ISBL Fellowship, you must hold a qualification at level 6 or above in school business management or in a subject that supports your professional practice in at least one of the areas of school business management outlined in the ISBL Professional Standards. Achieving this module will help you meet these criteria and support your application for ISBL Fellowship.
I have already achieved the CIPFA L7 Certificate in School Financial and Operational Leadership. Can I receive any credits for it towards the Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Leadership or the MA in Educational Leadership?
Yes you can. The Certificate in School Financial and Operational Leadership can be accepted as part of the MA in Educational Leadership or the Postgraduate certificate in Educational Leadership. As the qualification is not conferred by an HEI it is not an automatic progression and you would have to go through the accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL) process. This would involve a short discussion with your tutor, lasting about 20 minutes, in order to ensure that the learning is at level 7 and that it is underpinned by the necessary theory. The CIPFA L7 Certificate in School Financial and Operational Leadership would then count as 20 credits towards the educational leadership qualification.
This means that once you have achieved the Certificate in Strategic Educational Leadership and the CIPFA L7 Certificate in School Financial and Operational Leadership, you only need to achieve one more module to gain the Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Leadership.
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How can I book my place?
You can book your place via our Training Calendar. Click here to find the date of the next cohort.