The SCEL Teacher Leadership Programme is designed to support classroom teachers to develop their leadership of learning and teaching.

The programme is planned to support and challenge teachers to become confident in leading classroom practice in their contexts and develop against the GTCS Standard for Career-Long Professional Learning. Our Teacher Leadership Programme also provides opportunities for teachers with significant prior learning leadership experience to support participants as critical friends or programme tutors.

The programme’s design principles are based on our teacher leadership engagement process and prototype programme, as well as the model of professional learning. As SCEL is currently funded to develop a suite of programmes, participation in the programme will be free of charge. The programme is primarily facilitated online, however participants will be required to attend a minimum of two events in person.

Who is the programme for?

The SCEL Teacher Leadership Programme is open to all post-probation classroom teachers in Scotland. It is primarily aimed at teachers who are seeking professional learning opportunities to develop their leadership of learning and teaching in their context and who are willing to commit to all aspects of the programme throughout the session.

How is the programme delivered?

The programme is primarily delivered online through Glow. Over the course of the programme, participants are supported to engage with literature as well as regularly reflect and enquire into their own practice. Throughout the programme participants are supported and challenged by a group of their peers as well as a critical friend and a programme tutor. Regular online tutorials are also provided to support participants’ professional learning.

The programme also consists of two days which allow participants to learn and share in person. The first is a regional induction event in August and there will also be a national sharing the learning summit for the programme in June.

What does the programme involve?

A central feature of the SCEL Teacher Leadership Programme is enquiring into an aspect of the participants’ classroom practice. Teachers are supported to take an enquiring approach to developing an aspect of learning and teaching of their choosing as appropriate for the learners in their context.

The programme is structured to support participants to confidently take an enquiring approach through first exploring teacher leadership, reflecting on current practice and considering the nature and purpose of enquiry. Participating teachers then plan and implement an enquiring approach to developing their classroom practice in their context. The programme also supports teachers to reflect on the learning arising in terms of their own leadership as well as for their learners.

The national sharing the learning the learning summit is an opportunity for the participants to share their learning and learn from the enquiring approaches taken by other programme participants.

How can teachers with learning leadership experience engage with the programme?

The SCEL Teacher Leadership Programme also provides a professional learning opportunity for teachers with significant prior experience of leadership of learning and teaching.

Teachers who have experience of undertaking practitioner enquiry can apply to act as a critical friend on the programme. ‘Critical Friends’ use their prior experience to support a group of programme participants in their learning. This is primarily achieved through regular online contributions to the reflective journals of the participants in their group. The critical friend role provides an opportunity for these teachers to develop their understanding and skills of supporting peers in their professional learning and is undertaken on a voluntary basis. Critical friends are supported in their role by a programme tutor.

The SCEL Teacher Leadership Programme also provides an opportunity for teachers with significant prior experience of supporting professional learning of colleagues through practitioner enquiry to apply to act as programme tutors. Each programme tutor will be allocated a regional group of participants and critical friends and will be responsible for leading and supporting the professional learning of this group. Programme tutors will be employed by SCEL as Associates on a part-time basis and will be supported in their role by SCEL’s Lead Specialist for Teacher Leadership.

Appropriate professional learning support will be provided for both critical friends and programme tutors to support them to be effective in their roles.

How can I apply?

The process of recruitment for the 2017/18 cohort is as follows:

February – March 2017    Recruitment of potential tutors and critical friends
March – May 2017             Recruitment of programme participants
May 2017                            Programme professional learning for tutors and critical friends
June 2017                           Allocation of programme groups and induction events arranged
August 2017                       Programme commences with regional induction events
June 2018                          End of programme Sharing the Learning Summit

If you have any queries regarding the SCEL Teacher Leadership Programme please contact Fearghal Kelly, Lead Specialist for Teacher Leadership, via fearghal.kelly@scelscotland.org.uk