Master Managing School Improvement

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  • Objectives
    This course is run by London Metropolitan University for local authorities and schools, or other organisations such as faith communities, who wish to develop the expertise of their teachers in the issues of leading school improvement. It is taught at a site convenient to the participants, usually a school. It can be run for groups of either primary or secondary teachers. Only applications from groups of 12 or more teachers can be considered. Such applications must be made by the school or education agency, not by individual students. The course aims to enable practising teachers to develop a theoretical and practical understanding of the issues around school improvement, through both a taught course and by carrying out action research in their own classrooms. The focus is on helping teachers to develop as reflective practitioners who extend their own skills as teachers and are well placed to contribute to the development of their school as a learning organisation. The exact focus of each module is negotiated with the host organisation, and there is an overall course stakeholder group including head teachers, which meets to ensure that the course has maximum impact on the organisation. The excitement of the structured professional development, linked directly to the participants' own school, can contribute powerfully to teacher recruitment and retention.
  • Entry requirements
    The course can be run for a group of at least 12 teachers. Potential individual students cannot apply directly to the University for this course. Normally participants will have qualified teacher status and a minimum of one year's teaching experience. Teachers with other qualifications are invited to apply. Membership of the group can be explored in initial meetings between the University and the host organisation, with the intention of enabling access wherever possible.
  • Academic title
    MA Managing School Improvement
  • Course description
    Course structure
    To achieve an MA you must pass six taught modules and a three-module dissertation.

    Modules include:

    -Co-ordinating Learning
    -Curriculum Leadership
    -Diverse Needs
    -Managing Adult Learning
    -Managing Teaching and Learning
    -Whole School Management
    -Research Method

    The Diverse Needs and Whole School Management modules are compulsory for the descriptor Managing School Improvement.

    MA dissertations are 15,000-20,000 words, equivalent to three modules. Topics are chosen in consultation with the subject leader, agreed by the external examiner and supervised by an appropriate member of staff.

    Each module is taught for 36 hours, usually in 12 weekly after-school sessions over one school term. If funding permits, an initial residential weekend can be organised, and other modes of attendance can always be explored. The six taught modules will be completed over six school terms, and dissertations will normally be completed over the following year.

    All taught modules are assessed by coursework (one essay of 6,000 words or two essays of 3,000 words).

    Attendance & duration
    Part-time (eve): two years, 12 weekly after-school sessions or as agreed

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