Scottish education’s leaders of the future receive Standard for Headship and SCEL Fellowship at award ceremony

A joint ceremony hosted by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) and Education Scotland/Scottish College for Educational Leadership (SCEL) will today celebrate Scotland’s newest cohort of education leaders.

This annual event is held to celebrate teachers who have achieved the Standard for Headship and the experienced school leaders who have completed the SCEL Fellowship Programme.

The cohort of teachers who have achieved the Standard for Headship include graduates from the SCEL Into Headship programme – Scotland’s national qualification for headship. Developed by SCEL in partnership with universities, local authorities, Education Scotland and GTCS, Into Headship focusses on the specificity of headship and the strategic role of head teachers and will become a pre-requisite for all new head teachers in Scotland from 2019.

Those attendees awarded SCEL Fellowship are senior level school leaders who have successfully completed the 11-month professional learning programme with a focus on system leadership.

This year’s award ceremony is being held at the Radisson Blu Glasgow, with over 140 teachers being awarded the Standard for Headship and eight teachers awarded SCEL Fellowship. The event will feature addresses by past award recipients who will reflect upon their own experience of applying their professional learning to their leadership careers.

GTCS Chief Executive and Registrar Kenneth Muir and Education Scotland Strategic Director Gillian Hamilton will chair the day’s events and present awards.

Kenneth Muir, GTCS CEO and Registrar said:

The recipients of the Standard for Headship represent some of the practitioners who are at the forefront in pushing forward Scotland’s commitment to strengthening professional learning and leadership. Congratulations to all our participants and SCEL Fellows as they work together to take on the challenges of leadership and learning as part of a strong network of high quality professionals.

Gillian Hamilton, Education Scotland Strategic Director said:

Today’s awards are an important acknowledgment of the contribution that head teachers, both at the start of headship and as experienced head teachers, have made, and will continue to make, to Scotland’s young people and I would like to congratulate them all on their success.