TELLAL launches international Educational Leadership qualification

Ten leaders from GEMS schools across Fujairah, Sharjah, Dubai and Qatar have joined TELLAL’s first accredited school leadership qualification.

The beginning of October saw the launch of our accredited leadership course — the International Professional Certificate in Education Leadership (iPCertEL). This master’s level qualification is aimed at all school leaders, from newly appointed team leaders to deputy heads and school principals. It forms a critical part of TELLAL’s Leadership Academy Programme, offering individuals the chance to boost their professional growth with an international qualification, and helping schools to retain talent and develop their own leaders.

The value of an international leadership qualification

The participants will spend the next 10 months immersed in the practice-based leadership course, which focuses on mastery of self as a leader and effective development of others, as well as whole school leadership. Upon successful completion of module assignments and portfolio assessment, the leaders will be awarded the iPCertEL (60 master’s credits), validated by a leading UK Higher Education Institution.

The programme’s international accreditation is a big draw for participants. Andrew Wilson, Vice Principal at GEMS Westminster School, Sharjah explained the appeal:

“A masters level qualification linked to high-quality leadership portfolio is vital for future career options. I made some investigations and discovered the flexibility and ease with which I could complete master’s credits in the UAE with TELLAL. I trust and respect the team, and know I would be fully supported by them here in Dubai.”

Practice makes perfect

What differentiates the iPCertEL from other educational leadership courses is that because the learning is practice-based and schools-led, the theoretical parts of the course are consolidated much more deeply. Programme leader, Lisa Ramshaw, explains:

“because the iPCertEL is a Level 7 (UK NQF – Master’s level) programme, participants reach a deeper level of learning and achieve a deeper level of reflection. This demands a criticality in their approach, which is almost impossible to achieve when faced with the day-to-day pressures of being a department head, vice principal or any other school leader. At TELLAL our goal is turn participants into continually reflective and highly reciprocal leaders. Equipped with these skills, our leaders can make a much greater impact on their schools.”

The UAE’s unique learning context

While the qualification has international portability, the learning context of the UAE’s international schools offers individuals a unique opportunity to learn from the varied experiences of their peers. The course’s 10 participants come from different curriculum schools in Fujairah, Sharjah, Dubai and Qatar, and their leadership experience ranges from newly appointed year heads to vice principals across a spectrum of Early Years, Primary and Secondary education. The exposure to such a variety of experience is one of the programme’s most valuable learning opportunities, explains Lisa Ramshaw:

“The leaders on the course are such a diverse mix of people. They bring knowledge and expertise from a range of school curricula, cultures and school contexts, and they influence each other interdependently. Through the cohort being together in one room, they learn what works and what doesn’t for other leaders, and most importantly have their minds opened to what could work. It challenges all of the norms to which they are accustomed and this is how real change in our schools happens.”

Applications open for January start

Applications are now open for the new intake of iPCertEL leaders.

If you would like to gain an internationally accredited qualification on an educational leadership course while based in Dubai, the UAE or the Gulf region, you don’t have to wait until the next academic year, as our second cohort will start in January 2018. Read more about the course, talk to us to find out more, or simply apply now.

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