Learning to be Leaders in Education


Having recently completed the International Professional Certificate in Education Leadership (iPCertEL), these teachers are optimistic about their future as leaders in the world of education.

Believing that learning to lead should be an integral part of your personal development journey, a handful of teachers took part in iPCertEL, an educational leadership development programme where the goal for the leader is to be critically and constructively self-aware, self-reflective and self-directed.

With the iPCertEL designed to fit the unique cultural dynamic of the UAE, it is highly flexible and internationally recognised. What’s more, credits from the iPCertEL could be used towards a Master’s degree should teachers wish to continue their studies.

Affording a unique opportunity for school leaders to learn how to identify and develop their own strengths and development areas, feedback from the participants has been overwhelmingly positive; it’s safe to say that the well-thought out, carefully constructed and brilliantly executed programme is working.

Katie Hart, one of the teachers who studied for an educational leadership qualification said in her testimonial that aside from the self-reflection she gained, she has also been reminded of the value and enjoyment of reading about leadership from experts in the field. 

Another participant Viny Agnes, who describes the lively sessions as an enriching learning and growing forum, says: “On whole the sessions were very informative and gave me the clear understanding of the course.” Adding that they had helped the group to improve their leadership skills, Viny said, “I am able to apply the skills in my day to day work.”

Aaron Short, who thanked the course leaders for making him feel “very encouraged”, said: “The programme was a good pace with time to reflect, opportunities to discuss and interact with other people, and time to begin the assignments with the support of peers.

Echoing these sentiments, Josh Pike, who thoroughly enjoyed getting stuck into the hands-on activities, said: “I’m really appreciative of the timely responses to emails.”

For Deepa Ramachandran, it was the in-depth knowledge of organisational culture and learning how to better understand academic writing that stood out for her, while Radha Madhukar loved the “interactive session on leadership styles which gave me more clarity about leadership values.”

The participants did not only leave the programme armed with valuable leadership skills, but also with new friends. Insisting that she will stay in touch with the other participants Katie says, “I have learnt so much from the other participants in the programme.  Learning about the different contexts and challenges that others face has been invaluable.”

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