The SCEL (now known as the Professional Learning and Leadership Team following our merger with Education Scotland) Teacher Leadership programme is designed to support classroom teachers to develop their leadership of learning and teaching.

The programme is planned to support and challenge teachers to become confident in leading classroom practice in their contexts and develop against the national model of professional learning and GTCS Standard for Career-Long Professional Learning. Our Teacher Leadership programme also provides opportunities for teachers with significant prior experience to support participants as critical friends.

The programme’s design principles are based on feedback and data from our previous programme cohorts, the national model of professional learning and engagement with stakeholders. As the Professional Learning and Leadership Team is currently funded to develop a suite of programmes, participation in the programme is free of charge, however there is no funding for cover. A small fund for travel expenses is available only for participants from Eilean Siar, Shetland and Orkney to apply for, in order to attend the regional induction day, regional recall day and sharing summit. The programme is largely facilitated online, however participants are required to attend a minimum of three events in person.

Watch the following video of one our previous participants talking about their learning from the programme.

You can watch more of these videos here and view the enquiring posters from previous programme posters here.

Who is the programme for?

The Teacher Leadership programme is open to all post-probation classroom teachers in Scotland. It is primarily aimed at teachers who are seeking professional learning opportunities to develop their leadership of learning and teaching in their context and who are willing to commit to all aspects of the programme throughout the session.

How is the programme delivered?

The programme is delivered online with three contact days at the start, middle and end for participants to learn and share in person. The first contact day is a regional induction event in August/September. The second is a regional recall day in January. And the third day is a national sharing the learning summit for all participants across Scotland.

Over the course of the programme, participants engage with professional reading, reflect on their own practice and begin to take an enquiry approach to their teaching. Throughout the programme participants complete tasks online and are supported and challenged by their peers, by critical friends and the programme leads.

What does the programme involve?

A central feature of the Teacher Leadership programme is enquiring into an aspect of the participants’ classroom practice. Teachers are supported to take an enquiring approach to developing an aspect of learning and teaching of their choosing as appropriate for the learners in their context.

The programme is structured to support participants to confidently take an enquiring approach through first exploring teacher leadership, reflecting on current practice and considering the nature and purpose of enquiry. Participating teachers then plan and implement an enquiring approach to developing their classroom practice in their context. The programme also supports teachers to reflect on the learning arising in terms of their own leadership as well as for their learners.

The national sharing the learning summit is an opportunity for the participants to share their learning and learn from the enquiring approaches taken by other programme participants.

Teacher Leadership Programme – FAQs

Applying for the Teacher Leadership programme

Note: Applications for the 2019/20 programme are now closed. Keep an eye on this website and on Twitter @TeamSCEL for more information.

The Teacher Leadership programme is open to all post-probation classroom teachers in Scotland.

If you would like to apply you should first discuss your application with your line manager and/or employer.