Leadership and Management in educational establishments – Online


Schools and Establishment leadership have become a priority in education policy agendas internationally.  This area plays a key role in improving organisational outcomes by influencing the motivations and capacities of staff teams, as well as the climate and environment. Effective organisational leadership is essential to improve the efficiency and equity in Education at all levels.

As countries are seeking to adapt their education systems to the needs of contemporary society, expectations for educational establishments and organisational leaders are changing. Many countries have moved towards decentralisation, making establishments more autonomous in their decision making and holding them more accountable for results. At the same time, the requirement to improve overall student performance while serving more diverse student populations is adding pressure to use more evidence-based practices.

Because of these trends, the function of organisational leadership is now increasingly defined by a demanding set of roles which include financial and human resource management and leadership for learning. There are concerns across countries that the role of leaders as conceived for needs of the past is no longer appropriate. In many countries, they have heavy workloads; many are reaching retirement and it is getting harder to replace them. Potential candidates often hesitate to apply, because of overburdened roles, insufficient preparation and training, limited career prospects and inadequate support and rewards. These developments have made organisational leadership a priority in education systems across the world.

Who to attend?

The course is ideal for:

  • School principals & directors (primary & secondary)
  • Teachers (primary & secondary)
  • Academic staff (tertiary)
  • Directors & personnel in International coordination offices (tertiary)
  • Goverment officials & all those in charge of educational policy (government, ministry of education)
  • Directors/managers (companies/NGOs)
  • Leaders
  • Trainers (formal & non formal education)



The methodology of the training is based on a combination of three important elements:

  • Provision of knowledge required (theory)
  • Use of training tools, such as case studies, videos, games, animations & exercises (practice – hands on experience)
  • Feedback/reflection (review)


Competences to be acquired by the participant:

  • Understand why and how leadership skills are so critical to organisational success
  • Identify how to use leadership skills to work more effectively with others, and be able to organise teams to work more effectively together
  • To be able to apply effective leadership skills to everyday situations faced by leaders
  • Demonstrate how to manage conflict and lead change
  • Adapt ways to design the coordination, control, and performance measurement systems to manage an educational organization
  • Verify how innovation and change can be facilitated through organisation design
  • Understand how managers coordinate different functional areas and systems inside a school establishment and align them with the external environment to enhance overall performance
  • Gain knowledge of strategic management tools and frameworks, and apply them to real contexts
  • Process diverse  managerial information to diagnose strategic issues, evaluate strategic alternatives, and formulate a coherent and actionable strategic plan


Certificate of attendance & certificate of competence

Course Content

Module I: Strategic Leadership and Management

Leadership & Management

The vision, the Leader – the Operation

Management vs Leadership

Strategic Leadership

Creating the Vision

Creating an Inspiring Vision of the Future – Strategic Planning / Creative Thinking

Five Key Responsibilities in Educational Leadership

Module II: Managing Delivery of the Vision

Departmental Policy – Implementation and influences

Local effectiveness meeting the targets

The importance of Policy and procedure in meeting organisational goal – National. Organisational, Local

Managing resources – i.e. Budget, Staff, Environment, Outcomes

Up – Line communication – identifying variances

Module III: Motivating and Inspiring People

Strategic approaches to Communication

Goal setting for teams and individuals

The Team approach to organisational development

Working with Stakeholders

Meeting organisational Standards

Problem solving / decision making

Self – Audit Systems in Government organisations  – Measuring Outcomes

Module IV: Working with organisational and individual Key Performance Indicators and Competences

The Financial impact of Staff management

Managing Performance – related Reward systems

The Team approach

Time Management

Individual Performance Development

Staff supervision / appraisal

Managing workplace stressors

Managing absence.

Module V: Strategically Managing the Environment, and planning

Maintaining a positive, healthy and stimulating environment for learning & development

Health and safety

A positive approach to Managing Risk

Planned Maintenance

Resource allocation

Action Planning where do we go from here