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The Professional Learning and Leadership Team (formerly SCEL) Teacher Leadership Programme is designed to support and challenge classroom teachers to become confident leaders of and for learning as well as to develop against the GTCS Professional Standards.

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.

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

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

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.

Throughout the programme, participants complete tasks online and are supported and challenged by their peers, 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.

Our Teacher Leadership Programme also provides opportunities for teachers with significant prior experience to support participants as critical friends. Critical friends use their prior experience of enquiry to support a group of participants in their learning through regular contributions to their online journals. The critical friend role is undertaken on a voluntary basis and provides an opportunity for teachers to develop their understanding of and skills in supporting peers in their professional learning.

Funding for the programme

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 all three events in person.

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.

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

For more information read the programme FAQs:

Teacher Leadership Programme – FAQs