The SCEL Fellowship Programme

SCEL Fellows are an active community of champions for leadership and teaching in Scotland, and we're looking for the right people to join the fourth cohort of the Fellowship Programme.

Application is open to experienced head teachers and heads of establishments who normally have a minimum of five years successful experience and a proven track record of strategic leadership in and beyond the school/establishment setting.

The Fellowship Programme aims to provide stretching development opportunities for experienced head teachers to support their capacity to contribute to system-level leadership and to have a positive impact on outcomes for children and young people across the country. Upon successful completion of the programme, participants become SCEL Fellows supporting system developments including within their own authority area.

What does it take to be a Fellow?

Fellowship is recognition at the highest level for leaders in education whose expertise is recognised within and beyond the teaching profession.

SCEL Fellows are experienced, high performing, active role models for leadership and the teaching profession in Scotland. With a rich pool of diverse experience and expertise, they continue to develop their understanding of system leadership and play a key role in the enhanced development of their own schools and the wider Scottish system for the direct benefit of our children and young people.

Fellows share their expertise in a variety of ways, and represent SCEL at a range of national events. They contribute responses to national consultations, input to strategic plans, work with regional network leaders, offer peer and establishment support, and provide an expert voice on key issues.

Fellowship Programme outline

We think it is clear that becoming a SCEL Fellow brings advantages for the individual, their authority and the system as a whole. Development on the Fellowship Programme focuses on what it means to be a high performing system leader and the core aspects towards building that understanding. We’ve provided full details in the Fellowship Programme outline (below) along with the confirmed Fellow role specification indicating expectations of, and support for, SCEL Fellows.

This diagram identifies the core areas addressed during the programme.


As part of the application process, applicants are asked to complete the application form (below), including a personal rationale for their participation in the programme and evidence of their engagement to date in system leadership. Applicants are also asked to give consideration to an area of enquiry linked to local authority/national priorities,  although it is understood this may be subject to adaptation during the programme. Applications should be accompanied by a letter from the Director of Education/Chief Education Officer confirming experience at system level and support for participation.

The costs of the programme will be part funded by SCEL, with an additional cost per participant of £1000.

Download the programme information, application form and the diversity monitoring form below

SCEL – Fellowship Programme Information

SCEL – Fellowship Role profile

SCEL – Diversity Monitoring Form

SCEL – Fellowship Programme Application Form

Applications should be submitted by email to Rachael Anderson at by Monday 12 December 2016. The programme will begin in March 2017.

Fellowship information sessions

We are running information sessions for those interested in participating in the Fellowship programme which will be facilitated by Andrew Sutherland, Lead Specialist at SCEL as well as an existing SCEL Fellow. Details of the sessions and how to register can be found on the event pages below.

Upcoming information sessions

1 December – Meldrum Academy, Aberdeenshire

Your Experiences

Read what our current Fellows have to say about their experience of the SCEL Fellowship Programme