The first cohort to embark on Towards Headship gathered in Dundee this weekend for the inaugural programme event.
Towards Headship aims to support the continuous professional learning of those already awarded the Standard for Headship by successfully completing the Scottish Qualification for Headship (SQH) or the Flexible Route to Headship (FRH) and who are now considering headship as their next career step and wish to engage in further learning towards headship.
The programme has been designed in partnership with colleagues from Scottish universities following the ADES Report on Head Teacher recruitment (2016) which recommended a programme for those who have achieved the Standard for Headship and are working towards a head teacher post.
35 aspiring head teachers will participate in the first cohort of the programme, with further opportunities available from March 2018.
Lesley Whelan, Depute CEO and Director of Programmes at SCEL said:
“Effective school leadership is key to the success of schools – it’s vital we invest in our future head teachers and support them to deliver the highest standard of schooling for children in Scotland. We are looking forward to working to support leadership development for the Scotland’s future school leaders.”
Towards Headship aims to build upon the professional learning undertaken during and after the SQH and FRH programmes. Both GTCS accredited Standard for Headship programmes (Scottish Qualification for Headship and Flexible Routes to Headship) delivered previously are still recognised and although these programmes are no longer on offer, the award of the Standard for Headship remains valid.
Today’s induction event will provide an opportunity to network, share learning and learn from leadership approaches taken by fellow practitioners working towards school leadership.