Leaders and aspiring leaders will have the opportunity to:
• understand key leadership theories and ideas, from inside and outside education, and apply these to thinking about their own practice
• draw on evidence from research and practice to develop knowledge with an understanding of what is known about successful leadership
• relate these to their own leadership context in planning actions
• undertake practice-based tasks enabling self-evaluation of their leadership in action
• develop their reflective practice skills to help them to evaluate and improve their own leadership practice
• learn collaboratively, supported by a mentor to share insights, and develop knowledge and skills Leaders will review leadership ideas and theories from both outside and inside education, and from a range of countries and contexts.
The Certificate involves approximately 150 learning hours in preparation. As much preparation time as possible is integrated within the leader’s day-today practice. Leaders should allow time for background reading and discussion with their colleagues, to enrich their reflective practice.
The Certificate comprises three units related to practice.
Unit 1 Understanding key concepts and theories of leadership
Unit 2 Defining successful educational leadership practice
Unit 3 Action planning for developing leadership
Candidate requirements for the Certificate:
• be serving leaders or aspiring leaders who are ready to take up a leadership role in the near future
have English language competence comparable to Level B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
For this qualification, candidates need to have the regular support of a mentor who:
• is in a leadership role
• understands the essential principles that underpin this qualification
• can provide helpful advice and observations.
12 F2F sessions to be held at different participating schools.
Leaders will be working in the Moodle platform and attending F2F meetings. Assessment is through a portfolio of evidence, examined by Cambridge. In their portfolio, leaders demonstrate their knowledge, skills and understanding in the context of their own work, from a variety of sources:
• reflections on key concepts and leadership theories
• reports of agreed tasks which describe what was intended, what happened and a critical review of the processes and outcome
• reflections on their own leadership practice
• interviews with other leaders and feedback from them • analysis of learning and examples of areas where their leadership has developed
• a professional development plan covering what they intend to do as leaders in the next 12 months