This programme has been developed and is delivered in collaboration with the Leeds Learning Alliance.
Inclusive leadership is critical in ensuring positive educational outcomes for all learners, particularly those at risk of marginalisation and exclusion.
The PGCert Inclusive Leadership course has been developed specifically to move discourse on inclusion away from 'organic' issues such as 'special educational needs and disabilities' towards interrogating social and cultural contexts that create notions of advantage and disadvantage.
It aims to provide opportunities for managers, leaders and aspiring leaders within education or associated settings to engage with leadership theory and research within the context of inclusive education.
As well as supporting career progression into leadership roles, the course offers a pathway to further postgraduate qualifications, including a PGDip or MA Education.
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Leeds Learning Alliance
This programme has been developed in collaboration with the Leeds Learning Alliance.
About this course
The course will explore ways of creating an environment and culture of inclusion, along with strategies for developing and maintaining effective inclusive practices.
Throughout your studies, you'll be encouraged to reflect critically on the need to move away from dominant or traditional leadership approaches, which are concerned to maintain the status quo, towards inclusive leadership approaches, which focus on identifying and addressing barriers to inclusion and challenging underlying assumptions that perpetuate exclusive practices.
You’ll work with experts and professionals with diverse backgrounds and experiences to understand how to create and sustain cultures of inclusion in which opposing perspectives are authentically valued.
The skills and attributes for those leading inclusive learning communities, underpinned by research, will also be examined.
You'll also have the opportunity to use the principles of practitioner enquiry, such as the need to engage in professional dialogue about, systematic reflection on, and evidence-based enhancement of practice to critically explore themes of the course in a professional context.
The module details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.
Perspectives on Inclusive Leadership
Through studying this module you'll develop a critical understanding of the terminology used to discuss inclusive practice and build awareness of the socio-cultural and political perspectives that frame these terms. You'll build a widening conception of inclusion as related to schools and critically discuss how this relates to extant school leadership policy and practice.
You'll synthesise and analyse research findings along with other sources of evidence to build a framework of literature within which to evaluate your own professional practice, leading to emergent development plans to enhance your own inclusive leadership skills.
Critical Approaches to Inclusive Leadership
You'll apply your knowledge and understanding of inclusive leadership to engage in critical evaluations of policy and practice within your own setting, moving beyond the boundary of individual practice. You'll analyse a model of critical reflection and apply this to an in-depth evaluation. Ethical and moral issues related to the intersection between inclusive leadership and professional practice will also be examined, with opportunity for you to discuss issues in depth and consider potential conflict resolution within your own context.
The proposed course structure and delivery is displayed below, please note this is subject to agreement and the final structure may differ from this.
This is a part-time course delivered in 9 months, starting in January.
January - April
5 x 2 hour lead lectures and
|April/May - late July||Critical Approaches to
|5 x 2 hour lead lectures and
5 x 2 hour tutorials/workshops
(all evening sessions), plus
assignment research and writing
Following successful completion of both modules and the award of PGCert in Inclusive Leadership we offer an opportunity to continue your studies by completing a PG Dip and moving into dissertation study leading to a full MA Education.
Learning and Teaching
At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and provide you with the tools and support to help you achieve your academic, personal and professional potential.
Our Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy delivers excellence by providing the framework for:
- high quality teaching
- an engaging and inclusive approach to learning, assessment and achievement
- a clear structure through which you progress in your academic studies, your personal development and towards professional-level employment or further study.
We have a strong reputation for developing student employability, supporting your development towards graduate employment, with relevant skills embedded throughout your programme of study.
We endeavour to develop curiosity, confidence, courage, ambition and aspiration in all students through the key themes in our Learning and Teaching Strategy:
- Student Involvement and Engagement
- Integrated Programme and Assessment Experience
- Digital Literacy and Skills
- Employability and Enterprise
To help you achieve your potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and real-world activities. This approach ensures that you fully engage in shaping your own learning, developing your critical thinking and reflective skills so that you can identify your own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape your own development.
We believe the secret to great learning and teaching is simple: it is about creating an inclusive learning experience that allows all students to thrive through:
- Personalised support
- Expert lecturers
- Strong connections with employers
- An international outlook
- Understanding how to use tools and technology to support learning and development
You’ll be assessed by a range of written forms and practical activities, in order to reflect the academic and employability skills you’ll develop within the programme.
You’ll have the opportunity to specialise in your topic of choice for the written summative assessment undertaken. There are no exams.
Leeds Trinity University is committed to recruiting students with talent and potential and who we feel will benefit greatly from their academic and non-academic experiences here. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.
The following information is designed to give you a general overview of the qualifications we accept. If you are taking qualifications that are not included below, please contact our Admissions Office who will be happy to advise you.
The normal entry requirement is an honours degree. You will need to be in a paid or voluntary teaching/training/supporting/managing role in a context that involves education and/or support to allow you to complete the assignments.
This course is not available to students on a Student Route Visa.
The tuition fee for this programme is £1,400 for January 2021.
There is a discounted fee for members of Leeds Learning Alliance. For more details please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
How to apply
If you would like to apply for our PGCert Inclusive Leadership, please register your interest and we will contact you with more information when the application cycle opens.