In Headship – a package of support for new head teachers across Scotland

The first teachers to embark on the In Headship will gather today in Stirling for the inaugural programme event.

In Headship is a postgraduate programme for new head teachers which supports them to develop and continue to build the necessary knowledge, skills and understandings required of head teachers. It encompasses the role of head teacher as a strategic leader within, across and beyond the school community.

It is designed to facilitate and support head teachers in the transition through the early stages of headship, to enable them to develop as effective strategic leaders who contribute to system leadership.

More than 49 teachers will participate in the first cohorts of the programme, with further opportunities available from March 2018.

Lesley Whelan, Depute CEO and Director of Programmes at SCEL said:

“Head teachers play a vital role in leading learning and improving attainment for Scotland’s young people, and it’s crucial that we ensure access to high quality professional learning and development for those in the initial stages of this challenging and rewarding role. A focus on professional learning and leadership from Scotland’s newest cohort of head teachers is key to the success of Scotland’s schools and early learning establishments.”

The programme is the third and final component of Specialist Qualification for Headship and participants will normally enter the programme within 2 years of taking up post as a head teacher, with at least 60 SCQF credits at level 11 achieved through other elements of the Specialist Qualification Masters pathway.

It builds on, enhances and advances academic and professional learning gained through the successful completion of the postgraduate qualification Into Headship through which the GTCS Standard for Headship was initially attained. The programme provides a means for the deepening of understanding, application and evaluation of the Standard for Headship in practice, operating within the SCQF level 11 framework.

Today’s induction event will provide an opportunity to network, share learning and learn from leadership approaches taken by fellow practitioners working in a school leadership role.

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