About Middle Leadership

Middle leaders are key drivers in ensuring positive outcomes for all learners. Through working collaboratively with school leaders, members of their teams and partners, they devise and contribute to the school’s vision and values, ensuring that the strategic direction of the school is communicated effectively with all stakeholders.

Leading from the middle and middle leadership can be understood in several different ways which apply to all practitioners at all stages of their career. However, middle leaders can be described as those who have a specified leadership remit beyond the classroom and are provided with resources to carry this out. Such roles might include – but are not limited to – class teacher, depute headteacher, principal teacher or head of faculty.

We’ve developed outline information on effective middle leadership, devised a range of professional learning activities and researched a number of publications and support materials that support development of effective middle leaders. These are available to explore on our Framework for Educational Leadership.

We’ll support additional activities, resources and programmes for middle leaders with a range of partners and will provide information on these developments here and through Twitter. Follow us at @TeamSCEL to keep connected with these developments as they happen.

We work with local authority colleagues to support their delivery of professional learning opportunities for middle leaders at all stages of their career, both to enable professional growth and efficacy in their current roles and future career pathways, including preparation for promotion.

We have also been working with Scottish universities to scope out the delivery of a postgraduate certificate in Middle Leadership (or equivalent) that can form part of a masters pathway including the Specialist Qualification for Headship.

Online Learning

You'll find activities to support middle leadership professional learning on our Framework.

Go to our Framework

Collaborative Middle Leadership

A programme designed for middle leaders to work together in their own establishments.

Postgraduate Programmes in Middle Leadership

We work with several universities across Scotland who deliver the Middle Leadership component of the Specialist Qualification for Headship Masters pathway.

More information

TeachMeets & Pedagoo

We recently supported Pedagoo’s Muckle event and we’re keen to support other teacher-led professional learning events. Get in touch if you think we could be of help.

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