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The University of Southampton

EDUC6349 Management in Education Organisations

Module Overview

As you progress to more senior roles in your school or educational institution there is a need to develop your skills and knowledge in the area of management. In this module you will focus on understanding the principles of management, applying these to education and the exploring the management challenges facing senior staff in education institutions.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the core principles of management theories and research in education organisations, and examine the applicability of core management practices to educational institutions 

  • Critically evaluate the relationship between organisational structure and governance, human resource management, decision making and strategic planning for institutional development
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concept of culture within educational organisations
  • Develop an understanding on school improvement management metrics at the level of the Local Authority / School Board
  • Apply relevant theories to continuing professional development
  • Locate and synthesize information from a range of academic and practitioner literature
  • Critically evaluate your own work skills, practices, and development


The content of the module will typically cover: - Principles of management theories and their application to education - Understanding organizational structures and governance in education - Managing people & Human Resource Management - Unpacking the notion of culture in education - Examining the concepts of strategy, planning, decision-making in education organisations - Developing metrics for school management: looking at pupil attainment and student diversity at the level of the Local Authority / School Board -Exploring Continuing Professional Development

Learning and Teaching

Completion of assessment task70
Follow-up work20
Wider reading or practice50
Preparation for scheduled sessions36
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

Everard, K. B., Morris, G., & Wilson, I. (2004). Effective School Management. 

Additional Information. Also during each lesson you will be directed to related readings from other textbooks and journal articles to enhance and extend your understanding of the topics under discussion. All of these resources will be available electronically via the University's library

Bush, T. (2011). Theories of Educational Leadership & Management. 

Bess, J.,L., & Dee, J.R. (2012). Understanding College and University Organization. 

Jones, J. (2014). Management Skills in Schools. 


Assessment Strategy

Write a 4000-word assignment on a topic related to the Management of Education Organisations wherein you will be expected to examine critically the theoretical, empirical and professional literature in the area.


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase reading texts as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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