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EDUC6450 Leading & Managing in Education

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 leadership and management. In this module you will focus on the principles of leadership and management and the challenges facing those tasked with leadership roles in education.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Understand and appraise the applicability of basic concepts of organisational theory to educational institutions
  • Appreciate the influence of structures, cultures and decision-making processes on organisations
  • Evaluate the main theories of management and the role of the leader and manager in the processes of organisational change and development
  • Critically assess major emerging issues for management and governance of educational institutions


The content of the module will typically cover: - Application of management and leadership principles to education - Organisational structures, designs and governance in education - Understanding how individuals work in education organisations - Theories of decision making and planning in education management - Approaches to managing conflict in organisations

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This module is taught entirely online. A typical 'lesson' would include: - Lectures - delivered live via the university's web conferencing system (Adobe Connect) or as pre-prepared videos - Lecture notes - written by the module tutors - Selected readings - from the prescribed core texts - Written tasks - submitted via private blogs or discussion forums - Online activities - such as quizzes and tests - Individual and Group tutorials - via Skype (individual) or Adobe Connect (groups)

Preparation for scheduled sessions18
Follow-up work18
Practical classes and workshops6
Completion of assessment task60
Wider reading or practice50
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

Bush, T. (2003). Theories of educational leadership and management. (Core Textbook). 

Extra Reading. 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., & Middlewood, D. (2013). Leading and managing people in education. (Core Textbook). 


Assessment Strategy



MethodPercentage contribution
Critical 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

2 Core Textbooks Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available electronically on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Please note that the vast majority of readings are available electronically through e-journals, as digitised text in the Online Course Collection or as e-books. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.

Printing and Photocopying Costs

For all modules, coursework (such as essays; projects; dissertations) is submitted on line.

Travel Costs for placements

Where students wish to attend a scientific conference during their studies, they are liable for any accommodation cost associated (as well as any conference registration fees). Where students wish to attend a scientific conference during their studies, they are liable for any travel cost associated.

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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