Childhood Practice: Building A Professional Learning Community EDUC5018

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

Strategies and importance of self-reflection in building a Professional Learning Community in a practice based setting.


Every 3 weeks

Requirements of Entry

A first degree or equivalent

Access to a suitable work environment

Must have or be willing to undertake a practice qualification - SVQ/HNC/HND


Leading Improvements in Childhood Practice

Practice Placement A

Practitioner Enquiry and Decision Making

Contemporary Perspectives on Children and Childhoods

Practice Placement B


The assignment is in three parts:


1. Presentation of a self-evaluation of leadership skills as a leader/manager based on leadership audit drawing evidence from a range of sources including care standards, Standard for childhood practice self assessment and feedback. Students should identify areas of both strength and areas for development. (40% )

2. Critical review of the role of a leader/manager in building and sustaining professional practice in a learning community. Consider your own experience and role in helping to establish a learning community within your own setting.  (2,000 words +/- 10%- is 50 %)

3. Making a clear link to part 1 of the assignment create a  learning plan to address areas for your development as a leader/manager (present as a table/grid - 10 %)


Students are required to successfully complete two sections of this assignment.

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims


Through critical reflection and reading students will develop an understanding of the concepts and principles of leadership and collegiality.


Through self-evaluation and reflection students will identify areas of development and strength to enhance their leadership skills in a collegiate environment.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


Demonstrate a critical understanding of the concepts and principles of leadership and collegiality within an Childhood Practice context; (W)



Complete an evaluation of his/her (emerging) role as a leader/manager, relating these to the Standard for Childhood Practice and clearly identify strengths and areas for development (P)


Critically reflect on role as a(n) (emerging) leader/manager in contributing to a collegiate culture in the student's setting (W)



Draw on relevant literature in relation to leadership and professional learning communities to support the self evaluation and critical reflection; (P W LP)

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

 66 % attendance at course and successful completion of assessment tasks.