About us

SCEL supports teachers' and early years' practitioners professional learning in leadership.

Established in April 2014 following recommendations in Teaching Scotland’s Future we're committed to ensuring the best possible leadership at all levels across Scotland's schools.

Powerful leadership is vital to a school's success, and we believe that every teacher is a leader in the classroom, the school and beyond. Our innovative, high quality leadership programmes and services help ensure teachers and early years practitioners have all the right learning and development opportunities to make a real difference to the outcomes for children and young people.

Our vision

Our vision is to work in partnership with the profession and other national organisations to deliver an education system in Scotland where every teacher and early years practitioner benefits from excellent leadership learning and development so as to make a direct difference to young people and society.

What we aspire to do

Our mission is to bring clarity and coherence to educational leadership in Scotland, ensuring that all teachers and early years practitioners engage with the most relevant, meaningful and inspiring professional learning and development. We will achieve this by:


Building and growing a new, sustainable organisation that understands and adds real value to teachers, practitioners and pupils in Scotland.


Establishing the expert role of SCEL at home and internationally by building a strong knowledge and research base which ensures ongoing improvement and leading edge learning.


Engaging across and beyond the system - enhancing relationships, networks and communities to identify and share best practice in leadership learning and development.


Providing access to a robust, relevant and fit for purpose suite of leadership learning programmes and opportunities that draw on international best practice to meet unique local and national needs, strengthening individual and collective leadership capacity across Scotland.

Your experiences

Read more from people who have taken part in our educational leadership programmes.

SCEL Community

Conversation and idea sharing with our team, board, partners and practitioners across the education system is key to our success.