There are currently two areas in which you can develop your critical enquiry within education.

  • MA in Transformational Leadership
  • Whole Education: In Action projects

MA in Transformational Leadership - working in conjunction with CCCU

The MA in Transformational Leadership is a 3 year part-time MA starting in January 2019. This will be provisionally based in Medway, or at Ashdown House if there is sufficient uptake. These sessions will run alongside enhanced by library sessions, optional conferences and writing weekends at Canterbury.  

The Trust has been working with Canterbury Christ Church University to support Masters works for many years and a number of successful cohorts have completed the MA. There is a direct link between the programme and developing a critical and evidence-based approach to your work, whatever your role in the school and Trust and whatever your career aspriations, from early career to headship and beyond. You may be able to use recent, relevant credits and other qualifications such as NPQs towards the MA.

The programme comprises:

  • 6 x 2 hour twilight sessions per university term for the first two years
  • written assignments that allow for study time during school holidays
  • flexible tutorial support face to face or by email and online
  • dissertation year with your own choice of focus for research
  • optional writing days and postgraduate conferences on Saturdays.

The six taught modules (one per university term) are:

  • Professional values and contexts
  • Transformational leadership for communities and schools
  • International perspectives
  • Inclusive Leadership
  • Learning from good practice in leadership
  • Leading the professional development of others 

All of the modules provide opportunities for reflective and enquiry-based development of leadership, whether it be in your classroom, your team or across the whole organisation. Our teaching team has wide experience of school and higher education leadership and connects with a variety of cutting edge international projects, programmes and publications. You can use the modules explicitly to support development work in your own setting, including the in-depth research at dissertation stage, in the context of wider theory and contemporary research evidence. Graduates have used the qualification and their enquiry and research as a springboard to enhanced leadership positions, publications and further study.

Further information including entry requirements and fees can be accessed at the following link:

We are making arrangements to enable you to discuss this opportunity with the programme director, Anselm Fisher, as follows:

Tuesday 23rd October 2018           13:00 – 14:00 (On-line webinar)

Saturday 3rd November 2018       10:00 – 11:00 (On-line webinar)

If you would like to participate in this, please email your name to so that he can send you a link to connect to. Alternatively please email your enquiry to Anselm cc our administrators: Any questions from the Trust point of view can be directed to Liz Frost:

Applications can be made from the link above. Please note that a minimum of 15 people are needed to run this local group within the Trust so please encourage colleagues to apply!

Please apply by Friday 30th November 2018 for a start date of January 2019.  


Whole Education

“Whole Education is a dynamic partnership of schools and organisations committed to redefining what schools today are offering. Whole Education is the belief that all children deserve an engaging and rounded education that supports academic achievement, but also develops the skills, knowledge and qualities needed to flourish in life, learning and work.”

Currently all secondary schools in and partners with the Swale Academies Trust are members of the Whole Education Network. Being part of a national network such as Whole Education enables shared –learning and collaboration between innovative schools. This membership gives opportunities for aspiring middle and senior leaders to take on ‘in action’ projects.

Currently middle leaders are piloting projects at Meopham School, The North School, Sittingbourne Community College and Westlands School. 

This year, Alex Campbell, Westlands School, was nominated and won the Whole Education Award for Developing Character, Resilience and Wellbeing in 2016 for the work he has pioneered in ‘Geezers to Gentlemen’.