The Scottish College for Educational Leadership recently carried out an engagement on teacher leadership throughout Scotland. One of the key themes arising from this report was a need for more and better opportunities for teachers to develop as leaders of practice. We intend to develop a professional learning programme for teachers from SCEL to help address this need.
Our intention is to develop a Teacher Leadership Programme, open to post-probation classroom teachers (including supply teachers) throughout Scotland. However, on this first prototype cohort, to support co-creation of the programme, places are limited to a maximum of seven participants from each of the following regional areas:
- Shetland, Orkney, Moray, Highland, Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen City, Eilean Siar
- Angus, Dundee, Perth and Kinross, Fife
- Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian, Scottish Borders
- Dumfries and Galloway, South Ayrshire, East Ayrshire, North Ayrshire, Argyll and Bute
- East Renfrewshire, Glasgow, Renfrewshire, Inverclyde
- West Dunbartonshire, East Dunbartonshire, Falkirk, Stirling, Clackmannanshire
- North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, West Lothian
Applications to participate in the prototype programme should be sent using the application form below to email@example.com. Applications will be received from Monday 15th August until Sunday 28th August 2016. Places on the programme will be allocated taking into account the regional allocation and the ability to commit to all programme activities. Any unused regional places will be reallocated to teachers from oversubscribed regions.
If you are unable to take part in the prototype our intention is to launch a second, larger, cohort of the programme during the 2016/17 session. To be notified of future iterations of the programme please subscribe to our mailing list.
For more information about the prototype programme and how to apply, download the below information document.
Following our launch of the prototype teacher leadership programme we have had a number of offers of support from teachers with prior experience of carrying out, leading and supporting practitioner enquiries. In order to respond to these offers we have decided to offer up to two ‘critical friend’ roles on the programme for each of the seven regions identified above. This professional learning opportunity will be suitable for teachers with significant prior experience of leading practitioner enquiry in their context. Critical Friends will play a supportive role in the programme for the participants through participation in the online learning activities and both the online and face-to-face tutorials. Critical Friends may also choose to provide limited direct electronic support to individual teachers on the programme. Critical Friends will also play a role in providing feedback on the prototype programme to inform future iterations.
Expressions of interest for the role of Critical Friend on our prototype teacher leadership programme should be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org between Monday 15th August until Sunday 28th August 2016.