Applying for the Into Headship Programme

The Into Headship Programme is for GTCS registered teachers aspiring to the post of headteacher within the next 2-3 years.

If you would like to apply you should first discuss your application with your line manager and/or employer. You should then complete the Into Headship application form which must be signed by your headteacher and employer.

Your headteacher/line manager will also complete an endorsement form for you to be considered for the programme.

Application documents

SCEL Into Headship Application Form

SCEL Into Headship Endorsement Form

SCEL Into Headship FAQs

For local authority employees, the application process is managed by the local authority co-ordinator and completed forms should be returned to them. Applicants may then be invited for interview. Each local authority will have their own arrangements for recruitment to the programme which will include submission deadlines. Applicants should confirm deadlines with their local authority co-ordinator.

If you are applying from the independent sector, your completed forms should be returned to by 1 March 2019.

All application processes will be finalised by 29 March 2019 and successful applicants will be informed early in the summer term.

If you have any questions, please speak to your local authority co-ordinator in the first instance or contact