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

*expression of interest are invited for a new locally- based Masters group, starting Autumn Term 2017.

The MA in Transformational Leadership is a 3 year part-time MA. We are intending to run sessions at Ashdown House, Sittingbourne (6-7 per University term), enhanced by library sessions and optional conferences and writing weekends at Canterbury.  This continues a long tradition of school-based Masters provision in the local area, seen as key to leadership and school improvement capacity.

The MA focuses on all aspects of leadership, from leading learning in the classroom to whole-school change, integrating enquiry-based, reflective approaches that support professional practice. It is appropriate for teachers and other education professionals at any career stage. Entry requirement is normally a degree or other Level 6 qualification. Relevant credits awarded in the last 5 years, e.g. from PGCE, can be brought in.

The programme involves exploring leadership issues and conducting research relating to your own role and responsibilities, taking into account your school's development priorities and negotiating the focus of research with senior leaders in school. To maximise the impact of your work on the programme, opportunities will be provided to discuss your work in progress and present your research evidence in different school forums such as staff briefings and meetings with senior leaders and other colleagues. You may also be asked to lead the development or training of other staff to further your leadership development.


  • Individual professional and leadership development and intellectual challenge
  • Reflection on values and purposes in education
  • Flexibility to focus on your own role, concerns and interests
  • Action research to support change with impact from classroom to whole school
  • Testing theory against practice
  • Understanding the big picture: critical perspectives on policy and change in education
  • Gaining national and international perspectives on educational issues and processes
  • Challenge and support from a local group
  • Professional development support from senior leadership to further your career

Current members of our local MA group say:


"The group have made me feel welcome and able to achieve and complete this programme."

"The MA provides the opportunity for you to reflect upon your day to day practice. This is invaluable as it enables you to improve and develop as a leader."

"There is so much help and support for structuring writing and how to improve my written work. The workload is manageable and deadlines are clear. I found that the tutors are incredibly understanding of our workload as teachers."


Year 1: three 20 credit modules
Year 2: three 20 credit modules
Year 3: 60 credit dissertation

Each 20 credit module has a 4,000 word assignment or equivalent. The dissertation, on a substantial project with a focus of your choice, is individually supervised after teaching in research methods.

Fees   (payable by instalments to your school if required)

Year 1: £2,215 (Certificate stage)
Year 2: £2,215 (Diploma stage)
Year 3: £2,350 (MA stage)

There are reductions if bringing in existing credits, further reductions if from CCCU.  

Discounted rates (20%) for teachers who have previously studied with CCCU are as follows:

Year 1: £1,772
Year 2: £1,772
Year 3: £1,880

What next?

You are invited to attend an Information Meeting with Anselm Fisher, the MA Programme Director at CCCU.  Your attendance at this meeting does not commit you to the programme. The information evening is on Monday 18 September at 4.00pm. This will be held at Ashdown House, Johnson Road, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 1JS - please email Elizabeth Frost to express your interest in attending the meeting and she will email you to confirm the date. 

To reserve your place see our contacts page for further details.

Additional information is available from the CCCU website, using the link below:

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’.