Take part in our Teacher Leadership Programme

The Scottish College for Educational Leadership Teacher Leadership Programme supports and challenges teachers to become more confident in leading classroom practice in their contexts and develop against the GTCS Standard for Career-Long Professional Learning.

Find out more about teacher leadership by watching our video below:


Who is the programme for?

The programme is open to all post-probation classroom teachers in Scotland. The programme is free of charge and is primarily aimed at teachers who are seeking professional learning opportunities to develop their leadership of learning and teaching in their contexts.

How is the programme delivered?

The programme is primarily delivered online through Glow and participants are regularly supported and challenged by a regional group of their peers as well as a critical friend and a programme tutor. Regular online tutorials are provided to support participants’ professional learning.

The programme also includes one national and one regional event which allow participants to learn and share in person.

What does the programme involve?

A central feature of the programme is enquiring into an aspect of the participants’ classroom practice to develop an aspect of learning and teaching as appropriate for the learners in their contexts.

Participants will be supported to explore teacher leadership, reflect on current practice and consider the nature and purpose of enquiry. They will then plan and implement an enquiring approach to developing their classroom practice.

Throughout the programme, teachers will engage with literature and reflect on the learning arising in terms of their own leadership as well as for their learners.

The regional and national events provide an opportunity for the participants to network, share their learning and learn from the enquiring approaches taken by other programme participants.

How can I find out more?

You can now watch back the online information session hosted by Fearghal Kelly, Lead Specialist at SCEL, where you can find out more about participating on the next cohort of the programme.

Watch the information session

How can I apply?

Applications for the programme must be submitted using the online form below. Applications will be reviewed based on experience of practitioner enquiry, commitment to the programme and intended impact. Places will be allocated on a regional basis and applicants should ensure that they have discussed their proposed participation in the programme with their line manager and/or head teacher before proceeding. Applications should be completed no later than 17 May 2017.

Please note applications to the Teacher Leadership Programme are now closed.