EDUC41640 School leadership and the quality of teaching and learning: actors, agency, activities

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module will be taught in a blended way using a combination of on-campus seminars, off campus tasks and weekly online engagement in a Brightspace virtual classroom.

The module comprises three broad areas which focus on different dimensions of leadership for learning and the challenges and opportunities of this perspective for school leadership and management. All elements focus specifically on the need to target school leadership and management activities in order to enhance teaching and learning within the school. The module provides an opportunity for students to examine,understand and criticise the application of principles underpinning the different theories of school leadership with particular emphasis on modern theoretical developments in the area.The module questions what leaders do and what activities they might engage in that are most likely to be most productive in terms of leading learning for a quality school experience. Themes include:
1. Significant Signposts in the Evolution of the Field
2. Leadership: Theories, Concepts and Models
3. The Practice of Leadership: What the Evidence Says

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students will:
Have a informed and critical understanding of the contextual factors that impact educational leadership contexts by examining local, national and international policy developments in the area of school leadership
Develop a critical insight into the range of leadership theories and perspectives in scholarship by co-constructing a model of leadership that address the future needs of Irish education.
Engage in a critical review national and international research on school leadership in order to inform debate, analysis and synthesis of student learning in the area

Indicative Module Content:

The outline of the content is as indicated above, and contained in the programme Handbook

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Seminar (or Webinar)


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The module takes seriously student active engagement, and adopts a flipped classroom approach to assigned readings released through Brightspace on a weekly basis 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:


Learning Exclusions:


Learning Recommendations:

None other than requirements for masters programme

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Presentation: Thematic group presentation. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded Yes


Essay: 3,000 word essay that integrates different components of the module. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

The feedbac,k to each student will be structured, and written with programme learning outcomes and criteria for assessment in mind.

Name Role
Mr Enda Hickey Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Prof. Emeritus Ciaran Sugrue Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Online Learning Offering 1 Week(s) - 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 Tues 18:00 - 19:50