Theme 1: Critical self-awareness

Excellence in Headship begins with Theme 1 – critical self-awareness – which is a two-day residential induction. This theme is at the heart of the programme and is delivered through a combination of discussion, collaboration and specialist input. The residential is designed to be intensive, challenging, stimulating and enjoyable.

Focused on leadership and critical self-awareness, the induction provides you with space and time to consider your own leadership practice as well as the opportunity to network and share your learning with up to 40 fellow participants from across Scotland. The residential induction opportunities for academic session 2019/20 programme are taking place across Scotland on the following dates:

Date Venue
2/3 September 2019 Malmaison, Dundee
17/18 September 2019 Radisson Blu, Edinburgh
3/4 October 2019 Stirling Court Hotel

A key aim of each of the six themes of Excellence in Headship is to support your awareness of, and engagement with, current thinking in relation to policy, literature, and research.

Learning activities to supplement and contribute to your engagement with Theme 1 are available through the SCEL Framework for Educational Leadership.

Optional learning activities on the SCEL Framework:

Self-evaluation to develop as a system leader

View Theme 1 learning outcomes

Following the residential, it is anticipated that you will build on your experience to:

Knowledge

  • critically review appropriate research and literature to support current and future practice
  • appraise the effectiveness of leadership practice in the light of the principles of excellence and equity
  • identify and critically appraise the role and contribution of a headteacher within policy contexts at national, regional and local level
  • recognise and evaluate a range of leadership qualities, dispositions and attitudes which have a positive impact in a range of different organisational environments.

Skills

  • demonstrate increased awareness of self in a professional role and apply self-audit activities to better lead an establishment
  • develop the capacity to network effectively in a peer-collaborative environment
  • apply collaborative enquiry skills to systematically address ‘wicked’ issues.

Attitudes and values

  • have an enhanced commitment to the principles of excellence and equity in learning communities
  • recognise the importance of leadership development and collaborative practice and seeks ways to foster these within the school community and across the system.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does Theme 1 of the programme cover?

The design of the Excellence in Headship programme reflects the GTCS Standards for Leadership and Management and the Model of Professional Learning referenced by SCEL. In developing the residential programme for Theme 1: critical self-awareness, we have carefully considered the approach to learning throughout the two days. The process of learning in the residential is based on an adult learning model or ‘andragogy’ and a copy of Glaser’s schematic of adult learning can be found below. All activities will be facilitated and cover each aspect of the Glaser schematic to ensure your experience is active, participatory and collaborative with a direct focus on personal reflection and critical self-awareness.

glaser-model-scel

The indicative learning outcomes for this theme are framed around knowledge, skills and values. During the residential induction, participants will build on their experience to:

Knowledge

  • critically review appropriate research and literature to support current and future practice
  • appraise the effectiveness of leadership practice in the light of the principles of excellence and equity
  • identify and critically appraise the role and contribution of a headteacher within policy contexts at national, regional and local level
  • recognise and evaluate a range of leadership qualities, dispositions and attitudes which have a positive impact in a range of different organisational environments

Skills

  • demonstrate increased awareness of self in a professional role and apply self-audit activities, (functional and critical reflection) to better lead an establishment
  • develop the capacity to network effectively in a peer-collaborative environment
  • apply collaborative enquiry skills to systematically address ‘wicked’ issues

Attitudes and values

  • have an enhanced commitment to the principles of excellence and equity in learning communities
  • recognise the importance of leadership development and collaborative practice and seeks ways to foster these within the school community and across the system

 

What can I expect from the two days?

The two-day residential will be delivered through a combination of discussion, collaboration and specialist input to address the indicative outcomes related to Theme 1. Learning across these outcomes will also form part of ongoing reflection over the full programme. A vital element of the two-day induction residential is the use of collaborative learning processes to build knowledge and consider their use in practice. There are networking opportunities throughout the residential event to enable you to grow your network with colleagues within your local authority and with colleagues from across Scotland. The programme for the two days is intensive and designed to be challenging, stimulating and enjoyable.

What are the timings of the event?

Day 1

9:00 Registration and tea/coffee on arrival
9:30 The importance of Excellence in Headship
10:20 Excellence in Headship and you
11:30 Tea/coffee break
11:50 Exploring leadership
12:45 Lunch
13.30 What defines an effective head teacher?
14:45 Tea/coffee break
15:00 Using research to enhance professional learning
16:15 Excellence in Headship themes and learning opportunities
16.45 Close
18:00 Fireside chat
19:00 Dinner

Day 2

9:00 Translating the education policy context into practice
10:20 Tea/coffee break
10:40 Success without winning
12:00 Lunch
12:45 Planning next steps using a theory of intentional change
14:15 Tea/coffee break
14:30 Learning from the programme
15:30 Close

Is my accommodation paid for?

As part of the two-day residential induction event one night’s overnight stay at the hotel will be provided.

Can I stay another night?

We understand that due to travelling and other arrangements it may be necessary to stay an additional night. If you need to book an additional night, either before or after the residential event, you must take responsibility for arranging this directly with the hotel. Whilst this will not be covered by SCEL, there may be times when we are able to arrange a special rate for you.

When do I check in and can my luggage be stored?

When you arrive at the hotel, there will be a secure room to store your luggage. We have organised group check-in to take place during the afternoon break – at this point all room keys will be issued. If additional accommodation or extras have been booked it will be necessary to present a credit card at reception.

What is covered by SCEL?

The residential event includes one night’s accommodation and breakfast on the following morning. Lunch will be provided on both days and an evening meal will be provided on day one. Travel costs such as train tickets or taxis to the venue will not be covered. Alcoholic drinks in the evening will also not be covered.

What do I need to do in advance of the event?

The programme outlines an activity on day one which focuses on understanding research and literature and considers its impact on leadership practice. Prior to the residential induction, you should be prepared to share an article, journal or book based on research which influenced your leadership practice and thinking. We will ask you to share your thoughts on the article of your choice with a small group of colleagues as part of this activity. Learning activities to supplement and contribute to your engagement with Theme 1 are also available through the SCEL Framework for Educational Leadership.

Before attending the residential we would encourage you to register with the Framework using your work or Glow email address. You may also wish to engage with ‘Self-evaluation for school and system improvement’ which will support you in identifying strengths and areas for development which you may choose to focus on later in the programme.

 

What is the dress code for the event?

The recommended dress code for the residential induction event is smart-casual. Where possible there will be access to outdoor space, therefore we would ask that you bring along outdoor shoes, jackets and warm clothing to prepare for the Scottish weather!

How do I get to the venue?

Dundee

Dundee Malmaison hotel is located in the city centre of Dundee. The full address is 44 Whitehall Crescent, Dundee DD1 4AY.

By rail: The closest station is Dundee station. From the station, Malmaison Dundee is a 2-minute walk or 5-minute journey by car or taxi.

By car: The nearest car park is the Greenmarket Multi-storey Car Park, a 5-minute walk away. The cost is £8.50 for 10 hours between Mon – Sat 08.00 – 18.00 & Sun 13.00 – 18.00. Car parking is free at Greenmarket outside of these hours.

Edinburgh

The Radisson Blu Hotel is located in Edinburgh city centre on the Royal Mile. The full address is 80 High Street, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH 1 1TH.

By train
The Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh City Centre is within easy walking distance of Waverley Station. If you come out onto Princes Street, turn right and right again. Carry on up North Bridge until you reach the High Street. Turn left and the hotel is on your right.

By bus
St Andrew’s Square Bus Station is just a short walk away, on the other side of Waverley Station and Princes Street. Follow signs for Princes Street, then walk up North Bridge until you reach the High Street. Turn left and the hotel is on your right.

By car
Approaching from the south east
Follow the A1 into the city centre towards Princes Street, then turn southwards onto North Bridge and the hotel is just left at the High Street.

Approaching from the west
From the M8, take the city bypass north for one junction, then turn right onto Glasgow Road. After Haymarket Station, follow the B700 towards the Grassmarket, Cowgate and turn north up Blackfriars Street where you can find hotel parking.

Approaching from the south west
Turn off the M6 onto the A702 and follow this route until you reach Princes Street. The one-way system takes you north to Queen Street along to the roundabout at John Lewis and up Leith Street. Continue southwards, over the North Bridge, and the hotel is just to the left at the High Street.

Approaching from the north
Coming over the Forth Road Bridge, follow Queensferry Road (the A90) into the city centre. Cut through Randolph Crescent to Queen Street, then along to the John Lewis roundabout and up Leith Street as above.

Parking
Please note, parking in Edinburgh is limited so we advise using public transport to get into the city centre.

Stirling

Stirling Court Hotel is located within the University of Stirling Campus. The full address is University of Stirling, Airthrey Road, Stirling FK9 4LA.

By rail: Regular services run from Edinburgh and Glasgow. Those travelling from the North can get to Stirling via Scotrail services from Inverness, Aberdeen, Dundee and Perth. Visit Scotrail for fares, timetables and journey information. It is recommended that you alight at Stirling train station (not Bridge of Allan) and then make your way to the University by bus or taxi. Taxis are available from Stirling station concourse.

By car: Visitors to the University are advised that a vehicle access barrier system operates at the hotel, from September to May inclusive and you should collect a token from reception to exit the carpark. All hotel guests enjoy free parking at the hotel. Just be sure to visit reception and provide your car registration details as soon as you arrive.

By bus: The University of Stirling is served by excellent bus links from Stirling city centre. Most bus services to the campus run from either just outside Stirling station or a two-minute walk away, in Murray Place. FirstBus operate the following services to the University – Unilink (UL), 53, 54, 58, 62 and 63.

Create your individualised learning pathway

Following the Theme 1 induction, you will choose from a range of professional learning opportunities within the five remaining Excellence in Headship themes.  Your choice of learning opportunity should be linked to your professional review and development (PRD) and professional update discussions. There is no imposed limit to the number of sessions you can attend, however we would anticipate that you select a minimum of two.

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