The first teachers to embark on the Teacher Leadership Programme gathered for a series of inaugural induction events held across Scotland this month.
Following the success of last year’s prototype programme, the Scottish College for Educational Leadership will further support and challenge a new cohort of Scottish teachers to become more confident in leading classroom practice in their contexts.
More than 200 teachers will participate in the first cohort of the programme, with further opportunities available from March 2018.
Fearghal Kelly, Lead Specialist for Teacher Leadership at SCEL said:
“The Teacher Leadership Programme is a unique opportunity for teachers in Scotland to develop as leaders of classroom practice. I am excited that we are now bringing the learning from last year’s prototype to an expanded cohort of teachers from across Scotland this session.”
Drew Burrett, Physics Teacher at Ardrossan Academy said:
“The induction events have a real sense of collective responsibility for the success of the programme. It feels like, as participants, rather than the programme being delivered to us, we are all included and contributing to the direction of the learning journey.”
The programme also provides opportunities for teachers with significant prior learning leadership experience to support participants as critical friends or programme tutors.
Lesley Anne MacLeod, Classroom Teacher at Barassie Primary School said:
“This has been an inspirational start to the programme. There is a real buzz about people starting professional enquiry that will ultimately change practice in our classrooms. It’s great that everyone can look for solutions to collective issues in the classroom together.”
Six induction events took place during August in East Lothian, North Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Inverness, Dundee and Glasgow, providing an opportunity for participants to network, share learning and learn from the enquiring approaches taken by others.