Award in The Educational Leader and the Law

MQF Level: 7

ECTS Value: 5 ECTS


Course Description

The rationale of this course is to equip educational leaders with the basic, practical knowledge to help them deal with legal issues which may arise in their day-to-day running of educational institutes.

Entry Requirements

Applicants interested in following this programme are to satisfy one of the minimum eligibility criteria:

1. A Bachelor of Education (MQF Level 6 with a minimum of 180 ECTS, or equivalent) and five (5) years teaching experience in a licensed school;

2. A Bachelor’s degree (MQF Level 6 with a minimum of 180 ECTS, or equivalent) and PGCE (or equivalent) and five (5) years teaching experience in a licensed school.

3. A Master Degree (MQF Level 7 with a minimum of 90 ECTS, or equivalent) and a Permanent Teacher’s Warrant together with evidence of five (5) years teaching experience in a licensed school.  

Overall Objectives and Outcomes

By the end of this module, the learner will be able to:


a) Demonstrate the correct use of basic legal terminology applicable to an educational setup;
b) Take certain decisions within an Educational Management context based on the legal principles acquired;
c) Giving evidence in court/tribunals;
d) Comprehend contracts especially marital separation contracts or court decrees and judgements, especially with regards to care and custody and educational matters.


a) Basic legal terms and procedures;
b) Education Law (Cap 327 of the Laws of Malta or any legislation which might supersede it);
c) Council for the Teaching Profession;
d) Code of Ethics;
e) Civil Law (with a focus on family issues);
f) Data Protection law (with an emphasis on issues related to Educational Organisations and Freedom of Information).


a) Differentiate between the different kinds of laws in relation to Education;
b) Express oneself in the correct legal method of writing a formal letter/report;
c) Comprehensively identify legal implications which may arise out of daily circumstances in an Educational Institution;
d) Feel equipped to make decisions as part of one’s remit in an educational organisation which are in line with the law.

Mode of Delivery

This module adopts a blended approach to teaching and learning. Information related to the structure and delivery of the module may be accessed through the IfE Portal. For further details, kindly refer to the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Policy and Procedures found on the Institute for Education’s website.  

Assessment Methods

This programme adopts continuous and summative methods of assessment including assignments, online tasks, reflective journals, projects and video presentations. For further details, kindly refer to the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Policy and Procedures.


Upon successful completion of this module, course participants will be conferred an accredited certification. 

Further Learning Opportunities and Career Progression

Upon successful completion of this module, course participants may use certification conferred to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning for accredited programmes. Teachers may also use this certification in their application for accelerated progression.

Suggested Readings

Core Reading List
1. Education Act Cap 327 of the Laws of Malta
2. S.L. 327.02 Teachers’ Code of Ethics
3. Civil Code Cap 16 of the Laws of Malta
4. Data Protection Act Cap 440 of the Laws of Malta
5. Data Protection guidelines for Schools
6. S.L. 440.09 Processing of Personal Data (Education Sector) Regulations
7. Mifsud Bonnici, U. (2013); An introduction to the law of education. Msida: Malta U.P.
8. Theuma, R. (2017). To What Extent If at All Can the Education Act of 1988 with Its Subsequent Amendments, Be Deemed to Address the Day-to-day Issues Arising in the Maltese Educational System?

Supplementary Reading List

1. Constitution of Malta
2. Azzopardi, K. (2006). The development of Education Law in Malta : 1771 – 1964 (UoM dissertation)
3. Oltman, G., & Surface, J. (2017) “Living Education Law in 2017: How Facebook, Prayer, Toilets, and Guns Impact Today’s Teachers” In The Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, vol. 90(5-6), pp. 172-176.

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