Scottish College for Educational Leadership (SCEL), together with its roles, functions, staff and programmes, transferred to Education Scotland on 3 April 2018.
The outgoing SCEL Board has identified a sum of £75,326 which remains after grants have been repaid to Scottish Government and the costs due to other creditors have been met. This sum will become the SCEL Legacy Fund.
Managed by General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS), the SCEL Legacy Fund will be used to establish a bursary programme for teachers at all stages of their professional careers. The funding will support individual or group projects which are not currently provided for or funded by employers.
Scottish professional associations have agreed to appoint suitably experienced individuals to serve on a selection panel, including a senior representative of GTCS and outgoing SCEL Chair, Professor Anthony Finn.
This spring, teachers will be invited to put forward submissions to GTCS to seek financial support for professional learning programmes, activities or courses which allow them to improve their practice, pedagogy, subject knowledge and leadership, and to support improved outcomes for young people in Scotland. Ideally, this will be by means of a project or piece of professional enquiry which can sustain and develop the leadership skills and the professional learning of teachers.
It is hoped that the Legacy Fund will complement the ongoing work of the former SCEL staff who are now working hard to promote leadership and professional development within Education Scotland.
Details about the submission process and criteria will be announced in the coming weeks.