Excellence in Headship – leadership development for head teachers

We are pleased to announce that the Excellence in Headship programme is now open for applications for the 2018/2019 session.

The programme launched in May last year and over two hundred head teachers are currently engaged in the annual offer of leadership professional learning.

Participants on the Excellence in Headship programme are now connecting with a growing network of school leaders who are passionate about leading learning, improving attainment and achievement and increasing equity for Scotland’s children and young people.

The programme allows head teachers to create their own learning pathway from an extensive range of opportunities including: collaborative learning, cross-system learning, coaching and mentoring, network development, issue exploration, international exchange and engagement with online learning.

Current participants of the programme say it has helped them to strengthen their strategic leadership skills and further develop their confidence in a senior leadership role.

The opportunity to meet with other head teachers from across the country and share thinking and develop our skills together has been a revelation and has personally helped me build my own resilience and drive as we support each other.

George Roberts, Mile End School, Aberdeen

The masterclasses I have been involved in to date have been of very high quality and I would consider them to be amongst the best professional learning that I have undertaken during my time in promoted posts.

Angela Sneddon, Carstairs Primary School, South Lanarkshire

The masterclass approach has proved to be highly effective in stimulating and supporting my own leadership and facilitators are honest and generous in their sharing of experiences. My participation in this programme has already had a positive impact on our learning community. I would recommend the SCEL Excellence in Headship programme to head teachers at a similar stage of their development journey without hesitation.

Jonathan M Lothian, Perth Academy, Perth & Kinross


Application details

Application is open to head teachers and heads of early learning and childcare centres who have been in post for at least two years.

You will need to be able to attend one of the two day induction residential events, and following that, commit to at least two other learning opportunities.

Find out more about the Excellence in Headship programme and how to apply.