In Headship is a postgraduate programme for new headteachers which supports them to develop and continue to build the necessary knowledge, skills and understandings required of headteachers.
Specialist Qualification for Headship – Masters Pathway
About In Headship
In Headship is the third and final component of the Specialist Qualification for Headship and participants will normally enter the programme within two years of taking up post as a headteacher, with at least 60 SCQF credits at level 11 achieved through other elements of the Specialist Qualification Masters pathway.
It builds on, enhances and advances academic and professional learning gained through the successful completion of the postgraduate qualification Into Headship through which the GTCS Standard for Headship was initially attained. The programme provides a means for the deepening of understanding, application and evaluation of the Standard for Headship in practice, operating within the SCQF level 11 framework.
The In Headship programme is underpinned by a focus on professional problem solving and school improvement and is structured to extend the personal, professional and intellectual knowledge and skills that new headteachers require to be able to lead school improvement in a dynamic policy context and anticipate and address the challenges that this may bring.
In Headship aims
The In Headship programme encompasses the role of headteacher as a strategic leader within, across and beyond the school community. It is designed to facilitate and support headteachers in the transition through the early stages of headship, to enable them to develop as effective strategic leaders who contribute to system leadership.
The programme aims to enable headteachers to:
- engage in critical reflection on their transition to headship
- recognise, understand and adapt to the complex challenges and opportunities of headship through critical engagement with a wide range of academic literature and research
- develop a culture of sustained professional growth for self and others
- demonstrate professional values and personal commitment as stated in the GTCS Standard for Headship
- build on critical understandings of a core set of professional and academic literacies including research, data, political, as well as knowledge and understanding of evaluative and interpersonal skills
- develop a critical understanding of professional learning as collective and emergent, to facilitate school and system improvement
- understand the significance of strategic and system leadership in driving change and improvement.
In Headship is delivered in partnership with SCEL, local authorities and initially the following universities:
- University of Aberdeen
- University of Dundee
- University of Glasgow
- University of Stirling
It is anticipated that in future, other universities will also deliver In Headship.
The programme will consist of three elements which will be delivered across 60 credits at SCQF Level 11.
1. Shaping professional identity and practice: critical reflection in the transition to headship
2a. Pursuing equity and excellence
2b. Building capacity in self and others
Please see detailed module descriptions below.
The programme begins with a residential event, enabling participants to meet and be introduced to core programme content. This is then followed by a programme of study from each university. The In Headship programme starts with induction in May, with the residential following in August/September. In Headship is currently fully funded by the Scottish Government and there is no cost to participants.
The programme will be assessed through a range of formative and summative assessments.
Participants will be expected to identify an experienced headteacher who can act as a critical colleague to support them in their professional learning throughout the programme.
Applying for the In Headship programme
Note: Applications for the 2019/20 In Headship programme are now closed. Applications for the next programme will be open in early 2020. Keep an eye on this website and on Twitter @TeamSCEL for more information.
The In Headship programme is for headteachers who are normally within their first two years of headship and for those in an acting headteacher post that will last for the duration of the In Headship programme.
If you would like to apply you should first discuss your application with your line manager and/or employer. You should then complete the In Headship application form and ensure that it is appropriately endorsed.
For local authority employees, the application process is managed by the local authority co-ordinator and completed forms should be returned to them. Applicants should confirm submission deadlines with their local authority co-ordinator.
If you have any questions, please speak to your local authority co-ordinator in the first instance or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.