|Certificate in PDP for Deputy Heads in Primary Schools|
|Mode of Study||Full-time Block Release|
|Venue||Tai Po Campus|
|Programme Leader||Dr Ho Chun Sing Maxwell|
|Programme Enquiries||Miss Kong 2948 6869|
On completion of this programme, participants are expected to:
- Broaden their horizons of participants in meeting the ever-changing challenges of education through introducing various perspectives/domains of leadership within and outside the school contexts;
- Identify and cultivate leadership skills and style pertaining to their own personality and character traits;
- Develop a solid framework in handling their day-to-day functional duties, including preparing school plans, implementing sustainable projects, conducting effective school evaluations, developing strategic human resource approaches, and maintaining constructive relationship with the community; and
- Establish a mutual support network of SPSMs so that they can benefit from mutual sharing and reflection with regard to professional development, new initiatives, and concerns pertaining to primary education.
The programme comprises the following three core courses of 3 credit points each:
This course enables participants to be acquainted with multiple school leadership models such as instructional leadership, transformational leadership, moral leadership, participative leadership, managerial leadership, contingent leadership, team leadership, transformational leadership and servant leadership. Through thinking critically, participants are able to examine the importance of school leadership to effective schooling, staff development, school improvement, and education reform.
Enhancing Participatory Capability of Deputy School Heads
This course builds upon participants’ rich experiences as middle managers of schools to deepen their knowledge and skills in leading other school professionals for continuous school improvement, which include developing and enriching sustainable school plans, strategically allocating resources in school, mastering problem-solving skills and techniques, and maintaining constructive community relationship and reputation of schools. This course also provides a platform for participants to enhance the participatory capacity of deputy school heads in coordinating middle managers’ work, managing crises, managing uncontrolled emotions of parents and supporting staff, differentiating the responsibilities of deputy heads and middle leaders, and showing recognition to colleagues.
School Improvement and Sustainable Development
In this course, the participants will be exposed to an updated trend in School development and accountability (SDA) framework, supplemented with practical skills needed to successfully realise school plans with an aim to ultimately leaded to sustainable school development.
Participants will be assessed with either assessment task:
- Individual assignment of each course with about 3000 words (100%); or
- Cross-courses assignment of about 5000 words (60%) and an oral presentation of the assignment (40%).
Medium of Instruction
The medium of instruction is mainly Chinese and will be supplemented by English where appropriate.
|Cohort(s)||Period of Study|
|1||10 October to 12 November 2022|
|2||22 May to 24 June 2023|
Remarks: The programme is offered two times a year tentatively.
To be eligible for admission, applicants should be:
- in-service or potential primary school deputy heads; and
- recommended by school principals.
Remarks: Each school can recommend more than one teacher.
To be awarded a Certificate of Completion, participants must obtain a pass in all assessment tasks required and successfully fulfill the attendance requirements as stipulated by the programme.
This Government-funded programme is supported by the Education Bureau (EDB). Schools which release teachers to take this programme are eligible for supply teachers, if deemed necessary. Government and aided schools shall contact the EDB for detailed arrangements. Private and DSS schools shall make their own arrangements for the employment of supply teachers.
Participants who complete our PDPs are eligible to apply for credit transfer if they enroll in our postgraduate programmes. Their applications will be considered on an individual basis.
Every effort has been made to ensure that information contained in this website is correct. Changes to any aspects of the programmes may be made from time to time due to unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control and the University reserves the right to make amendments to any information contained in this website without prior notice. The University accepts no liability for any loss or damage arising from any use or misuse of or reliance on any information contained in this website. Any aspect of the course and course offerings (including, without limitation, the content of the course and the manner in which the course is taught) may be subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of the University. Without limiting the right of the University to amend the course and its course offerings, it is envisaged that changes may be required due to factors such as staffing, enrolment levels, logistical arrangements and curriculum changes.