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Durham University

Faculty Handbook 2022-2023

Module Description

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Department: Education

EDUC3382: Future Leaders

Type Tied Level 3 Credits 40 Availability Available in 2022/23 Module Cap None. Location Durham
Tied to X101 Primary Education
Tied to X103 Primary Education (with Placement Year)
Tied to X102 Primary Education (with Year Abroad)


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • To deepen and extend students' knowledge and understanding of the role of the subject leader within the primary school.
  • To develop an understanding of the challenges of leadership and how to work with colleagues effectively to support them in teaching across the curriculum.
  • To develop an understanding of important current initiatives and curriculum legislation.
  • To support students in developing an understanding of themselves as leaders.
  • To support students in their understanding of Early Career Teachers and the Early Career Framework.


  • Critical reflections on the effectiveness of subject curricula in the development of learning.
  • Extending understanding of theories of learning, subject specific pedagogy and the challenges of connecting these in the primary classroom.
  • Exploring strategic development in leading subjects and the curriculum; observation, monitoring, action planning, providing CPD and curriculum development.
  • Reflecting on the role of the subject lead in the primary school.
  • Considering current initiatives and legislation in education.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Understanding the role of the subject leader in schools.
  • Explore leadership through a chosen core subject; English, mathematics or science.
  • Knowledge of keys ideas related to the curriculum in primary education.
  • Knowledge of how subject interacts with other subject areas and the impact of this.
  • Understand the theoretical background to current debates across the curriculum.
  • Explore relevant research and theory on effective leadership and challenges of leadership.
  • Understanding of important current initiatives and legislation related to the curriculum.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Relate educational practice to theory in relation to the subjects in the curriculum.
  • Embedding critical reflection of the subject and leadership in relation to education.
  • Awareness of new approaches to teaching, learning and assessment.
Key Skills:
  • Communicate ideas, principles and theories effectively in written form.
  • Manage time and work to deadlines.
  • Construct and sustain a reasoned argument.
  • Distinguish between different types of sources, using these appropriately to develop arguments.
  • Engage in critical reflection in one's own professional development.
  • Develop communication skills by making presentations.
  • Engage in peer review.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • The course will be delivered through asynchronous lecture presentations and weekly seminars with student participation in specific tasks including relevant reading materials designed to promote analysis and discussion.
  • All learning outcomes will be assessed by a composite written assignment, an evidence portfolio and a poster presentation.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Asynchronous Study 15 Weekly 2 hours 30
Tutorials, Seminars and Tasks 15 Weekly 2 hours 30
Preparation and Reading 340
Total 400

Summative Assessment

Component: Presentation Component Weighting: 20%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Academic poster presenting an initiative in the chosen core subject teaching and learning 1000 words equivalent 100%
Component: Assignment Component Weighting: 80%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Reflective Essay with Evidence Portfolio Essay - 3000 words; Portfolio - 2000 words equivalent 100%

Formative Assessment:

For the poster presentation,students will engage in a peer formative task. For the reflective essay with evidence portfolio, students will be provided with written feedback.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University

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