What’s involved?

The normal duration of study is 12 months. Depending on your other commitments, you may opt to complete over an extended period to a maximum of 18 months.

You’ll need to complete 2 essential modules, 2 further modules of your choice and a final assessment.

Each module requires up to 50 hours of learning.

  • around 20 hours of practical learning in your school
  • face-to-face peer and facilitated learning
  • reading and reflection
  • online learning


Essential Modules
Essential Modules

You must complete both of the following modules:-

  • Succeeding in Senior Leadership
  • Closing the Gap
Elective Modules
Elective Modules

You must complete two from the following modules:-

  • Improving the Quality of Teaching
  • Leading Change for Improvement
  • Effective Whole School Management
  • School Self-Evaluation
  • Research and Development in Teaching
  • Leading Professional Development
  • Effective Partnership Working

An overview of the Modules

Succeeding in senior leadership

This module will consider the significance of leadership across the school and explore motivations and behaviours that leaders bring to their role, including values and beliefs. Participants will look at how they apply their leadership in the work place to address school improvement priorities. Using research findings, diagnostic tools and examples from practice leaders will increase their understanding of their own leadership so they can build on their strengths and address development areas.

Succeeding in senior leadership

This module will consider the significance of leadership across the school and explore motivations and behaviours that leaders bring to their role, including values and beliefs. Participants will look at how they apply their leadership in the work place to address school improvement priorities. Using research findings, diagnostic tools and examples from practice leaders will increase their understanding of their own leadership so they can build on their strengths and address development areas.


Closing the Gap

This module will teach senior leaders how to close/reduce gaps in achievement and attainment that can occur across specific groups of pupils, particularly addressing the needs of disadvantaged pupils, including those entitled to free school meals. The module considers (from the perspective of a senior leader) how to identify gaps, diagnose causes and address in-school variation (for example, differences in performance by teachers with similar groups of pupils). Evidence drawn from research will be used to demonstrate which pupils perform least well nationally and why.


Improving the Quality of Teaching

You will learn how to better identify outstanding teaching and develop strategies to sustain and improve teaching. You will also be prompted to reflect on how to work with staff and other leaders to develop practice and achieve these outcomes. Some tasks will encourage you to work with senior or middle leaders in your own school, in partner schools or with a peer group also taking this module. The module will look at some strategies and techniques for evaluating practice, and how you can support and challenge team leaders to improve their leadership of teaching and learning. You will consider how senior leaders work directly with teachers to improve and sustain performance.