Leeds, United Kingdom

Education in the Media

when 19 July 2020 - 1 August 2020
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 5 EC
fee GBP 1820

How are live debates within the English education system portrayed in the media? What is distinctive about the English education system? How do English schools and universities compare to those in other countries? This module looks at current issues within the field of education, through the prism of accounts in the media. You will look at the facts behind the newspaper stories which have captured the public’s attention. What is the real difference between private schools and the state sector? How does England compare on the world stage in international tests such as PISA and TIMMS and why does it matter? You will consider these questions and also explore topics such as the mental health crisis amongst English school pupils. You will learn about accountability measures, such as Progress 8 and SATS. You will examine how accountability affects the curriculum offered in schools. The module also looks at why there is still a divide between vocational and academic education. You will have the opportunity to analyse the legacy of the tripartite system introduced after the Second World War. Finally you will explore the funding crisis which has led to some schools closing their doors on a Friday. This has also led to thousands of head teachers taking part in protest marches at the office of the British Prime Minister.

Please note, the Leeds International Summer School runs for four weeks (4 July - 1 August 2020). You can choose to study with us for two weeks or for the full four-week programme. Each module lasts two weeks so you study one module if you choose to attend for two weeks and two modules if you choose to attend for four weeks.

Target group

Undergraduate/Bachelor students

Credits info

5 EC
The module is worth 10 Leeds credits = 5 ECTS. You can transfer the credits earned back to your home degree subject to approval.

Fee info

GBP 1820: Includes tuition, accommodation, breakfast and lunch, Monday - Friday, academic field trip, weekend cultural excursions, social programme and premium gym membership.


Scholarships worth £500 are available for students with good academic standing to help pay your fees. You can apply as part of your application to LISS.