As schools increasingly work in federations and academy trusts, unions such as the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) have highlighted the need for ‘system leaders’ who have the skills to work across several schools.
ASCL and the University of Leicester are therefore joining forces to offer a Master’s level course for people overseeing networks of schools.
The programmes will be delivered in collaboration between the two bodies, with coursework assessed by the University.
The initiative was announced by ASCL general secretary Brian Lightman at the association’s conference in London on Saturday.
“The programmes will enhance and enrich our existing provision and best support the leaders of today and in the future,” he said.
“Master’s accreditation enables those who take part in our leadership programmes to achieve value-added qualifications which recognise their expertise and engagement.
“High-quality professional development is a crucial element in raising standards and creating a world-class education system.”
Professor Glenn Fulcher, director of the University of Leicester School of Education, added: “We have had a long and productive relationship with ASCL, but this new partnership will provide opportunities for both institutions to further support and develop successful leadership in education.”
An ASCL spokesperson said that the programmes will start later this academic year but an official start date is yet to be confirmed.
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