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Professional Development

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Leading Teacher Development

Course Details

Course/Module Code



Education Accredited 15 Credits



Education Non-Accredited 15 credits



Course Dates

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Course Dates

Course Information : CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS 08/12/23 (unless course already full). If the closing date has passed please contact us for availability. PLEASE NOTE: once your application status is showing as registered, it will take up to 5 working days for your login details for MyUWE to be issued by email. Please only contact us if you have not received after this time. The learning in this module will be divided into 10 units of work. The teaching and learning methods for each unit will include a mix of synchronous and asynchronous activities such as webinars, meetings, lectures, readings, tasks and activities alongside independent study and tutor support. This course will be taught ONLINE. The 1st week (w/c 15th January 2024) will be the Programme Induction (recorded for catch up). The 1st week of teaching starts w/c 22nd January 2024. Please also note that as a CPD student you would NOT be eligible for a discount. Submission Date : 1st May 2024.






A written assignment (2,000-2,500 words) focusing on your chosen area of interest, critically reflecting on your practitioner experiences and exploring relevant theoretical evidence bases for purpose, theoretical framework, new or opposing ideas in order to develop and assess existing knowledge and experiences.



Careers/further study

This 15 credit level 7 (Masters level) module can contribute towards the MA Education (three to five year version and two year version).


The module syllabus typically covers the topics below:

  • Theory and models of educational professional development Improving outcomes through professional development
  • Shaping a clear vision for professional development
  • Evaluating needs, designing pathways and measuring quality, enhancement and change
  • Considerations for articulating and modelling good practice
  • Reflective enquiry into developing students as leaders of teacher development
  • Creating effective and collaborative environments for professional development
  • Leadership of contextualised professional development challenge.

Course Director

Dr Fay Lewis


This 15 credit level 7 (Masters level) Leading Teacher Development module will enable you to reflect on relevant professional development frameworks and practices to inform future practice. This will deepen your understanding of the relevant theories of self-development and leading the development of others. The module is intended for current and aspiring leaders in schools.

The module aims to:

  • explore and evaluate theories of professional development relating this to the complexities of implementation in the school context
  • recognise the role that professional development plays in contributing to a culture of high expectations, leading to improved classroom teaching and outcomes for all students
  • develop an understanding of how professional development needs are identified and reviewed using a rigorous evidence base
  • raise understanding of the need for flexible pathways of professional development which adapt to developing expertise
  • recognise the importance of relationships, trust and honest reflections
  • develop an understanding of the continuous and sustained nature of implementation of professional development in schools.

On successful completion of this module, you will achieve the following learning outcomes:

  • critically apply, reflect on and analyse practitioner experiences and their impact in educational contexts
  • critically reflect on personal values and behaviours as a leader of teacher development
  • appraise and critically apply a relevant theoretical evidence base.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods will include a mix of activities including webinars, meetings, lectures, readings, tasks and activities alongside independent study and tutor support.

Study facilities

The School of Education and Childhood at UWE Bristol runs a variety of courses in early childhood and education studies, and is one of the largest providers of initial teacher training and continuing professional development in the region. Experienced tutors and leading researchers and practitioners in their fields teach in the department. We have excellent facilities and a range of flexible study areas and online learning tools for our students.

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15 credit level 7 module

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