In this unit students will analyse models of leadership and critically review their application in Early Childhood and other settings. As future leaders in their workplace, students will be asked to examine questions such as: What informs our decision making? What challenges and issues do leaders face in contemporary professional environments? What models and theories can help leaders to understand leadership, as well as to respond to these challenges? How do we make decisions with the care and safety of children and vulnerable people at the forefront? What are our responsibilities to the people we work with? How do we make good decisions in times of crisis? Students will also examine, participate in and reflect on the role of mentoring.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse models and theories of leadership and their application to professional contexts;  
  2. Critically review their own decision-making processes, and the ethical standpoints on which they are founded;  
  3. Critically reflect on contemporary issues and their impact on leadership;  
  4. Reflect upon the experience and process of mentoring.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Case Study Analyse the decision-making process of a contemporary case study. 20%
Poster Explore the original case study through different models and theories of leadership. 40%
Presentation Critical reflection on mentoring experiences from placement. 40%

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