Excellence in Headship
Excellence in Headship supports head teachers – who have been in post for two years or more – to strengthen and expand their school leadership skills, with a strong focus on school improvement and the delivery of excellence and equity for all children and young people.
The programme provides an annual offer of leadership professional learning opportunities in a range of formats which include: opportunities for collaborative learning, cross-system learning, coaching and mentoring, network development, issue exploration, international exchange and engagement with online learning. It is designed to provide sufficient flexibility which will enable you to engage in several key areas over an academic session.
About the programme
Excellence in Headship begins with a residential induction session on leadership and critical self-awareness. As a participant, you will join up to 40 other colleagues from across Scotland and engage in learning with a focus on building collaborative networks and increasing leadership self-awareness.
Following the induction, you will choose from a range of professional learning opportunities within the five remaining Excellence in Headship themes. Your choice of learning opportunity should be linked to your professional review and development (PRD) and professional update discussions. There is no imposed limit to the number of sessions you can attend, however we would anticipate that you select a minimum of two.
The programme will evolve on an annual basis with the objective that it remains relevant throughout the professional career of a head teacher.
Application for the programme
Excellence in Headship is open to all substantive head teachers who have been in post for at least two years. Applications for the third cohort of the programme will open in January – March 2018.
Initial application to the programme will be managed in partnership with local authorities who have been allocated places based on the number of schools within their authority. To apply for the programme, please download and return the below application form to your local authority CLPL lead (please be aware that each local authority will have their own timelines for application).
A number of places have been allocated to schools in the independent sector.