Diploma on

School Leadership & Management

A Program which explains what is required of a headteacher - a school leader - their responsibilities and the abilities needed, and which teaches how to be an effective headteacher and successfully carry out this key role. The Program is for both aspiring school leaders and those already in a school leadership role.

Headteachers occupy an influential position in society and shape the teaching profession; they are leading professionals and significant role models within the communities they serve. This Program explains how a Headteacher’s values, ambitions and responsibilities can be managed to create a positive impact on the quality of teaching and students’ achievements.

Headteachers must lead by example and ensure the professional conduct and practice of teachers in a way that encourages high-quality continuous professional staff development and motivates teachers and other school personnel. The Program teaches how to create a climate for the exemplary behaviour of students, to set goals and achieve expectations for high academic standards, to create and lead teams within the school, to manage school finances and resources, and to lead a school in school improvement.


(1) Anybody enrolling for this Programme before 31st December 2024 will also be enrolled FREE for a Course on Strategy, Quality & Contemporary Business Concerns; the only requirement is that you provide your personal email address to the College on enrolment.

(2) During the “Covid-19” (Corona) virus pandemic and in lock-down periods, affected Members may be allowed to take Assignments (home-based course work) instead of or in addition to sitting Examinations to complete the Programme; details can be provided on request after enrolment onto the Programme.

  • Summary of major topics
  • What is included
  • Related courses
  • Study & Career development

Module 1 - The Practice of Headship

  • Education systems, headteachers, leadership activities
  • Schools, organisation and hierarchy of schools
  • Headteacher roles, responsibilities, expectations held
  • Headship standards

Module 2 - Leadership, Management & Administration

  • School effectiveness, raising standards, school improvement
  • Main areas of responsibility of headteachers
  • Educational management, administration and strategic planning
  • School vision, mission, aims, objectives, school development plan (SDP)

Module 3 - The School Head as ‘Manager’

  • Headteacher: interpersonal skill, communication, relations with staff, students and other stakeholders
  • The Head’s role in planning, organising and co-ordinating
  • The Head’s role in directing, leading, supervising, monitoring, evaluating
  • The Head’s role in mentoring, problem solving, decision-making, implementing decisions

Module 4 - The School Head as ‘Leader’

  • Characteristics and traits of effective school leaders
  • Character, personality, leadership style
  • Guidance on situational leadership style selection
  • Distributed leadership in schools: concepts and collaboration

Module 5 - Delegation of School Duties

  • Elements of delegation: responsibility, authority, accountability
  • Stages in delegation, principles of effective delegation, benefits, mistakes to avoid
  • Stewardship, maintaining managerial control, monitoring performance
  • Decision-making by subordinates, supporting staff, delegation versus empowerment

Module 6 - School Personnel

  • The Senior Leadership Team (SLT): responsibilities, qualities, roles
  • Middle leadership in schools, change, motivation, managing staff
  • School academic heads, deputy heads
  • School office personnel, bursars, support staff, pastoral care, others

Module 7 - Teams and Team Leadership in Schools

  • Make-up of teams of school personnel, benefits of team building
  • The team leader, teams and teamwork, team values
  • The Headteacher as team leader and Leader of Learning
  • Teacher collaboration, collaborative teaching

Module 8 - Motivation of School Staff and Students

  • School employers and employees
  • Motivation in management, motivations for learning and behaviour
  • Needs and goals, intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, job satisfaction, work climate
  • The Headteacher and motivation, staff counselling

Module 9 - Academic Staff Recruitment, Training, Relations

  • Human resource and personnel management
  • Identifying staffing needs, recruitment, interviewing, selection, appointment
  • Probationary periods, induction, teacher training and development
  • Staff appraisal, aims, the appraisal process

Module 10 - School Improvement Planning

  • Measuring school effectiveness, factors influencing effectiveness
  • The school improvement plan, the improvement planning process, SWOT analysis
  • Co-curricular and extra-curricular activities
  • School community, the school environment, the school climate

Module 11 - Health and Safety in Schools

  • Hazards and risks in schools, factors, actions to be taken, risk assessment
  • Responsibilities of the school employer, headteacher, SLT, Governors, others
  • Duty of care to students, school security, health and safety training for staff
  • Accident prevention in schools, first aid, medical facilities and COVID in schools

Module 12 - School Resources and Finance

  • The Headteacher and school finance:
  • Accounting and financial terms, financial accounting, financial management
  • Allocation of education resources, the accountability of education leaders
  • Budgets and budgeting, school budgets, funding and expenditure, budgetary reviews


  • Why teaching and educational leadership are popular, important and rewarding career choices
  • “Why do you want to be a Principal?” - a typical interview question: how to answer it in interviews


 Your CIC Fee includes:-

  • Your enrolment/registration with Cambridge International College, and your own high-quality, professionally produced and illustrated comprehensive International CIC Study & Training Publications.
  • A detailed, professional ‘Study & Training Guide’ with full instructions on how to study to achieve success and gain top results.  The Guide includes detailed advice on how to answer Self-Assessment Tests, Training Tests and Examinations.
  • Self-Assessment Tests and Recommended Answers for them, and a Progress Chart.
  • Two Progress/Training Tests (which can be used as ‘Past Papers/Questions’) with an optional Tutorial Support Service.
  • The Final Examination** sat under Invigilation/Supervision in your own area - full details, guidance and explanation of how your Examination will be arranged and how Invigilation is conducted will be provided when you register.  Note, CIC arranges Examinations in over a hundred countries worldwide for thousands of Members every year; it is a flexible, straightforward process and will be arranged when YOU are ready to write your Examination.  **An Assignment Option is available instead of an Exam for the ‘Covid-19’ (Corona) virus period. 
  • The prestigious Cambridge International College Diploma on successful completion of your Study & Training and on passing the Final Examination.
  • Your personal page on CIC’s Member Services website with access to results, despatch details, advice and guidance, and more: www.cambridgeinternationalcollege.co.uk
  • Regular information and news including: Newsletters with details of special offers and new Programs and much more; and Competition Forms; by email and post.

Everything needed for your Study & Training success is included in the CIC Fee.


  • Further Study and Training Advice, and Assistance is available before, during and after CIC Study & Training; Members may ask CIC’s team of experienced Consultants for advice on further study and Programmes to improve career prospects and advancement. 
  • CIC’s experienced and helpful staff can assist with numerous special requests, such as reference/recommendation letters and transcripts, and more, by post and email

There is an interesting, practical and informative range of related, additional and further studies ranging from Diploma Programs focusing on Teaching and Education, to degree-level Programmes on School Leadership and School Development.

This Program aims to assist men and women - and specifically headteachers, teachers and educators - to understand and learn what it is to be a school leader - whether of a school team, department or of the entire school - and how to be an effective and beneficial school leader or headteacher.  It aims to help answer the questions "Why do you want to be a school leader?", "What is required of a school leader?", and "How can you be a good, effective school leader?" and to help develop the needed understanding, skills and knowledge.

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Payment Options:

British Pounds:
Single payment of £200
Or 3 monthly payments of £90
US Dollars:
Single payment of $400
Or 3 monthly payments of $180
Single payment of €300
Or 3 monthly payments of €145
Fee payment methods

Duration & Assessments

The Study Period is one year (12 months) but this is flexible; the Diploma can be completed in a shorter period, or you can take longer if necessary.


To gain your Diploma you need to sit and pass an Examination** (based entirely upon the contents of the Study Materials provided to you in your Program Fee). Full and clear details about preparing for and sitting the Exam are provided to you, including in your Study & Training Guide, when you enrol. The clear information explains when, where and how your Examination will be arranged - it is a simple and straightforward process, which hundreds of thousands of other Members have successfully gone through. If you study well and follow the advice in the CIC Study & Training Guide you should be able to achieve high marks and good grades - and obtain your prestigious International Diploma!

**An Assignment Option may be available instead of an Exam for the ‘Covid-19’ (Corona) virus period.

(See the College Prospectus, or the “Frequently Asked Questions” section on the “Contact Us” page of this website, if you would like more information.)


An international accredited qualification for professional development and career success showing you have substantial skills, competence and knowledge.