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Graduate Summer School

24-28 July 2017 

A five-day residential for teachers, school leaders and other education professionals.

The Institute of Education Graduate Summer School is an academic initiative for those education professionals who wish to develop their professional practice and skills.

Over the course of a week attendees will join in high quality subject-specific lectures, interactive seminars and activities. Upon successful completion of the assignment 20 credits at Masters Level will be gained.

In 2017, the focus of the Summer School is the Practice of Mentoring and Coaching.

Who should attend?

The Graduate Summer School is designed for those who work in education and training, both in the UK and abroad, who wish to improve their professional skills whist building up credits towards an MA Education.

The summer school is also open to current MA Education students who wish to undertake this module during the summer, in an intensive manner.

When and where?

The Summer School will commence on Monday 24 July 2017. Lectures will take place at the University of Worcester’s City Campus, a historic Georgian building and birthplace of the British Medical Association, located in the heart of Worcester.

Why attend?

The Summer School is a unique learning experience, which allows you to network with other education professionals.

Its intensive delivery makes studying compatible with your busy professional careers: you will undertake a 20 credit postgraduate module, which may allow you to gain credit towards your MA Education at UW (upon successful completion of the assignments).

You will have the opportunity to experience the University of Worcester’s Institute of Education and be part of its learning community while living in Worcester, an idyllic cathedral city in the heart of the English country side which combines small-town charm and big-city sophistication.

You will have access to a wide range of academic resources, including our state of the art, award-winning library, The Hive.


What former participants said

“It has been a fantastic week of thought provoking information which has led me to question some of my practices and encouraged me to review and evaluate my ideas and views. I know I will change some of my practices as a result. Thank you”

“I have found the whole experience very rewarding and it has opened up another horizon for me beyond my present context”

“Well presented and enjoyable summer school and much more ideal timings than other ‘distance/ PT’ learning which can lose motivation and focus.  Well laid out module”

“This has been a fabulous week with the extended learning opportunities with people from different backgrounds and contexts. Please run it again next year”


What's the programme?

The Practice of Mentoring and Coaching

This module explores and critiques key ideas in theory and practice in relation to the development of personal skills. Through structured experiences and interactive workshops students will be supported in broadening and deepening their skills in mentoring/coaching and in developing their practice reflectively.

During the week you will:

  • Gain an understanding of a range of mentoring and coaching skills/ techniques that are applicable to your own context
  • Through structured 1-to-1 experiences and interactive workshops, develop your own mentoring and coaching skills
  • Develop your understanding of relevant research techniques, and reflective practice, and use these to gain insights into your personal strengths and areas for development in relation to mentoring and coaching
  • Explore some of the complex issues surrounding mentoring and coaching practice, and relate these to your own values, beliefs and environment
  • Identify and critique some of the key theories and models relevant to mentoring and coaching

The format for each day will vary, but a typical day could include:

  • Lecture/ interactive workshop
  • Refreshment break
  • Mentoring and coaching practice, followed by feedback and personal reflections
  • Lunch break
  • Lecture/ library induction


Jane Owens will be your lecturer at this Summer School. As well as working part-time as a Senior Lecturer in Education within the university's Centre for Education and Inclusion, Jane is a qualified and experienced career coach/leadership coach who runs her own coaching, training and research company.

You can find out more about Jane by visiting

Guest Lecturer

Professor John West-Burnham is an internationally renowned lecturer, educator and leadership guru. In a career spanning over forty years he has worked in secondary, further and higher education, specialising in leadership development and education management.

He has held professorial positions at the University of Lincolnshire and Humberside, University of Hull, and most recently St Mary’s University, Twickenham. He has held honorary awards from the universities of Bristol and Belfast.

John has experience of working in a wide range of international contexts including extensively across Europe, in Asia, Australasia, North America and South Africa. He has authored or co-authored more than twenty-five books in the areas of education, management and educational leadership.


Accommodation information

Those participants requiring accommodation will be living at the City Campus in Bishop Bosel Halls.

This modern, en-suite setting (opened in 2009) is only a few minutes away from the classrooms, Worcester city centre and the University library, The Hive. These Halls have shared common areas (including kitchen), where you can hold study groups, relax and socialise.

Please indicate in your application form if you need accommodation.



How much will the Summer School cost?

Residential Summer School:

Bookings received before 31 May 2017: £950
Bookings made from 1 June 2017: £1,100

What is included?
Tuition fees
5 night bed and breakfast accommodation
Monday to Friday lunches
Monday to Thursday dinners
Social activity

Non-accommodation Summer School:

Bookings received before 31 May 2017: £660
Bookings made from 1 June 2017: £720

What is included?
Tuition fees
Monday to Friday lunches
Social activity

Please note travel is not included in the price.

For more information please do not hesitate to get in touch with the CPD Office:

St John’s Campus
Henwick Grove, Worcester WR2 6AJ, UK
Tel: 01905 855056