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.

Developing As A Leader: Teacher Leadership 1 EDUC5053

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course will explore the nature of leadership in school. Issues related to 'teacher leadership' will be introduced and examined critically in relation to a school context. Approaches to 'developing as a teacher leader' will also be explored, along with key interpersonal skills such as listening, negotiating and managing conflict with opportunities to enhance skills in these areas.


Saturdays. Dates and times TBC.

Requirements of Entry

■ A 1st degree

■ Teaching Qualification

■ Minimum of three years teaching experience

■ GTCs full registration

■ Access to a suitable work environment


Excluded Courses



Leading a Project: Teacher Leadership 3

Working Collaboratively: Teacher Leadership 2


The assessment is in two parts and participants must complete each part successfully to achieve a pass grade. The assignment is 4,000 words.


Part 1: A self assessment of leadership skills supported by illustrative examples and drawing on self evaluation and feedback from significant colleagues. The review will also include next steps for ongoing professional development (2000 words)


Part 2: A critical review of approaches to leadership particularly issues relating to teacher leadership, drawing from reading and experience. (2000 words)

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

To develop participants' awareness of their leadership potential.

To explore the nature of teacher leadership.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

On completion of this course students will be able to


Knowledge and understanding:

■ outline the nature of leadership in schools and the role of values

■ define teacher leadership

■ articulate the contested nature of professionalism and the role of the teacher

■ summarise their professional learning as a leader

■ justify the role of self evaluation for development


Skills and other attributes in:

Subject-specific/practical skills

■ Reflect on, analyse and evaluate their experience in developing their leadership

■ gathering evidence including feedback to make an informed self evaluation

■ identifying and justifying their professional development needs in relation to leadership

■ identifying their leadership skills within their current role


Intellectual skills

■ Draw on ideas from literature and through dialogue to review and plan practice

■ critically upon a range of theoretical perspectives on leadership

■ making more informed and effective decisions in their practice in leadership

■ reflecting presenting the outcomes of a self evaluation


Transferable/key skills

■ Communication skills

■ Planning skills with self evaluation and reflection

■ Self management skills

The ability to create, maintain and enhance working relationships

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits