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The SCEL Fellowship Programme

SCEL Fellows are experienced head teachers and heads of establishments who normally have a minimum of five years successful experience and a proven track record of strategic leadership in and beyond the school/establishment setting.

Meet our current SCEL Fellows

The Fellowship Programme aims to provide stretching development opportunities for experienced head teachers to support their capacity to contribute to system-level leadership and to have a positive impact on outcomes for children and young people across the country. Upon successful completion of the programme, participants become SCEL Fellows supporting system developments including within their own authority area.

What does it take to be a Fellow?

Fellowship is recognition at the highest level for leaders in education whose expertise is recognised within and beyond the teaching profession.

SCEL Fellows are experienced, high performing, active role models for leadership and the teaching profession in Scotland. With a rich pool of diverse experience and expertise, they continue to develop their understanding of system leadership and play a key role in the enhanced development of their own schools and the wider Scottish system for the direct benefit of our children and young people.

Fellows share their expertise in a variety of ways, and represent SCEL at a range of national events. They contribute responses to national consultations, input to strategic plans, work with regional network leaders, offer peer and establishment support, and provide an expert voice on key issues.

Fellowship Programme outline

We think it is clear that becoming a SCEL Fellow brings advantages for the individual, their authority and the system as a whole. Development on the Fellowship Programme focuses on what it means to be a high-performing system leader and the core aspects towards building that understanding. We’ve provided below the Fellow role specification indicating expectations of, and support for, SCEL Fellows.

This diagram identifies the core areas addressed during the programme.


The costs of the programme will be part-funded by SCEL, with an additional cost per participant of £1000.

SCEL – Fellowship Role profile

Your Experiences

Read what our current Fellows have to say about their experience of the SCEL Fellowship Programme