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Graduate Summer School

25-29 July 2016 


A five-day residential for teachers, school leaders and other education professionals.

The Institute of Education Graduate Summer School is an academic initiative for those education professionals who wish to develop their professional practice and skills.

Over the course of a week attendees will join in high quality subject-specific lectures, interactive seminars and activities. Upon successful completion of the assignment 20 credits at Masters Level will be gained.

In 2016, the focus of the Summer School is Leadership and Management in Education.

Who should attend?

The Graduate Summer School is designed for those who work in education and training, both in the UK and abroad, who wish to improve their professional skills whist building up credits towards an MA Education.

The summer school is also open to current MA Education students who wish to undertake this module during the summer, in an intensive manner.

When and where?

The Summer School will commence on Monday 25 July 2016. Lectures will take place at the University of Worcester’s City Campus, a historic Georgian building and birthplace of the British Medical Association, located in the heart of Worcester.

Why attend?

The Summer School is a unique learning experience, which allows you to network with other education professionals.

Its intensive delivery makes studying compatible with your busy professional careers: you will undertake a 20 credit postgraduate module, which may allow you to gain credit towards your MA Education at UW (upon successful completion of the assignments).

You will have the opportunity to experience the University of Worcester’s Institute of Education and be part of its learning community while living in Worcester, an idyllic cathedral city in the heart of the English country side which combines small-town charm and big-city sophistication.

You will have access to a wide range of academic resources, including our state of the art, award-winning library, The Hive.


What Graduate Summer School 2015 participants said

“It was an excellent summer school!”

“I’ve really enjoyed this week!”

“I have found the whole experience very rewarding and it has opened up another horizon for me beyond my present context”

“Well presented and enjoyable summer school and much more ideal timings than other ‘distance/ PT’ learning which can lose motivation and focus.  Well laid out module”

“This has been a fabulous week with the extended learning opportunities with people from different backgrounds and contexts. Please run it again next year”


What's the programme?

Leadership and Management in Education

This year’s summer school module focussing on the leadership of individuals and teams within educational organisations will be of value to both new and established leaders.  A range of approaches to leading in educational settings will be explored and participants will be encouraged to interpret and apply theoretical concepts to their own practice, teams and organisations. 

Particular emphasis will be given to the development of collaborative approaches, based on the premise that developing creative leadership skills and inclusive strategies that overcome differences in cultures, ideologies and professional boundaries are at the heart of successful leadership. Participants will have the opportunity to explore skills and qualities that can be applied in their own context to enhance creativity in decision making and leadership.

During the week you will examine:

  • the nature of leadership and leadership practice and its application to educational settings in  a range of contexts and cultures
  • the extent to which creative leadership approaches are being applied in practice and their potential for the future
  • theoretical frameworks for leadership, creativity and innovation and their relevance to leadership practice
  • organisational structures and responses and their impact on leadership
  • strategies for developing personal leadership capacity  through teams, collaborative practice,  and conflict resolution
  • the validity of evidence used to analyse aspects of leadership strategies           

The format for each day will vary, but a typical day could include:

  • Lecture/ interactive workshop
  • Refreshment break
  • Lecture/ interactive workshop/Practical session
  • Lunch break
  • Lecture/ library induction

Guest Lecturer

Professor John West-Burnham is an internationally renowned lecturer, educator and leadership guru. In a career spanning over forty years he has worked in secondary, further and higher education, specialising in leadership development and education management.

He has held professorial positions at the University of Lincolnshire and Humberside, University of Hull, and most recently St Mary’s University, Twickenham. He has held honorary awards from the universities of Bristol and Belfast. 

John has experience of working in a wide range of international contexts including extensively across Europe, in Asia, Australasia, North America and South Africa. He has authored or co-authored more than twenty-five books in the areas of education, management and educational leadership.


Accommodation information

Those participants requiring accommodation will be living at the City Campus in Bishop Bosel Halls.

This modern, en-suite setting (opened in 2009) is only a few minutes away from the classrooms, Worcester city centre and the University library, The Hive. These Halls have shared common areas (including kitchen), where you can hold study groups, relax and socialise.

Please indicate in your application form if you need accommodation.



How much will the Summer School cost?

Residential Summer School:

Bookings received before 30 May 2016: £895
Bookings made from 1 June 2016: £995

What is included?
Tuition fees
5 night bed and breakfast accommodation
Monday to Friday lunches
Monday to Thursday dinners
Social activity on one evening

Non-accommodation Summer School:

Bookings received before 30 May 2016: £640
Bookings made from 1 June 2016: £690

What is included?
Tuition fees
Monday to Friday lunch
Social activity on one evening

Please note travel is not included in the price.

For more information please do not hesitate to get in touch with the CPD Office:

St John’s Campus (Bredon 012)

Henwick Grove, Worcester WR2 6AJ, UK

Tel: 01905 855056