Postgraduate taught 

Middle Leadership & Management in Schools PgCert

Developing as a Middle Leader EDUC5926

  • 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 enable participants to examine critically the academic, professional and practical implications of middle leadership and develop the professional understandings, skills and attributes to undertake or enhance this critical aspect of school leadership. Issues and practices related to 'distributed leadership' and 'collaborative practice' will be introduced and examined critically in a school context.


3 Saturday Day Schools and online components.

Requirements of Entry

The entry requirements:


• have a first degree or equivalent

• are endorsed by their employer

• have access to a suitable workplace environment in order to be able to overtake the practice-based components of the programme.


Written assignment in two parts:


1. Critical review of the contested nature of leadership and wider leadership practices drawing from research, policy and academic literature, and from practical experiences, in the context of middle leadership (2500 words).

2. In the light of the critical review, an evaluation of middle leadership skills and abilities, drawing from a range of supportive evidence including self-evaluation based on the GTCS Standard for Middle Leadership and Management (1500 words).

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to enable participants to gain theoretical and applied understandings about middle leadership in schools and through this, develop the advanced skills and personal attributes to operate as a middle leader in school contexts. Specifically the course will enable participants to build capacity for change for improvement as a middle leader through:

■ examining the emotional and personal aspects of leadership in reflecting and developing as a middle leader; 

■ analysing learning cultures to build and sustain collaborative working;

■ understanding and applying professional approaches and pedagogies to build leadership capacity and capability across teams.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


■ Review and critique theoretical and applied approaches to middle leadership in schools.

■ Examine and analyse critically current policy initiatives to gain enhanced political awareness and articulate the implications for middle leadership, drawing from research and academic literature.

■ Reflect critically and evaluate systemically own leadership practice by articulating the relationship between their professional values and personal commitment in their role as a middle leader.

■ Evaluate understandings of the nature of collaboration and the interpersonal and intrapersonal skills needed to build and sustain collaborative working.

■ Understand and apply coherent approaches to professional learning which build and sustain teachers' practice

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.