Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Leadership, Management And Professional Values EDUC3009

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

Examination of leadership and management styles and the professional values which underpin practice.


3 full day inputs from 9am - 3.30pm

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses



The assignment is in four parts:


1. Presentation: Students should present (in pairs) the characteristics of 2-4 leadership styles indicating situations when these styles can be used. Students should make clear links to their practice in a childcare setting. Students should use both literature and the framework document to support them. (equivalent 500 words). 20%


2. 360° analysis: Students should complete an individual feedback sheet and distribute feedback sheets to a range of colleagues/stakeholders*. Students should submit the analysis and evaluation sheets (part 1- part 4 which includes their own 360° self-evaluation). This submission should show an analysis of both their own and the responses of others to the 360° 10%


3. Using the analysis and evaluation of the feedback, students should discuss their strengths and development needs, blending theories and practices to demonstrate their understanding of leadership, management and professional values. Students will be expected to use critical reflection in order to indicate their areas for further development (2 areas for those graduating and 3 for those continuing on the programme) relating these to the Standard for Childhood Practice (SSSC, 2015). (1000 words, +/- 10%) 50%


4. Action Plan: From the areas identified students will construct action plans to indicate how they intend to overtake the areas for development which will enable them to continue to extend their knowledge and skill both during and after the programme.(equivalent 500 words) 20%


*Students will submit their own completed 360° feedback sheet and their analysis of the feedback to 8-12  colleagues/stakeholders.

Course Aims

The course aims to:

develop knowledge and understanding of leadership and management theory and practice as it applies to Childhood Practice settings

engage learners in reflective learning by evaluating and applying experiential learning in professional contexts

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

At the end of the course, students should be able to:

discuss a broad range of leadership and management styles and their relevance to the student's Childhood Practice setting

show critical reflection and analysis of the feedback they receive as part of the 360° exercise

reflect on their performance as leaders and managers (or future leaders and managers) and identify areas for professional development based on the 360° exercise

plan for the development of their knowledge, skills and effectiveness as a leader and a manager both during and after the programme through making links to the Standard for Childhood Practice Revised (SSSC, 2015)

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

At least 66% attendance. Students must attend the equivalent of 2 full days of input out of 3.
Participation in formative assessment task.

Submission of summative assessment task.

Students must submit all parts of the assessment to complete the course. Students are expected to pass no less than 2 components of the assignment.