When can I apply for the programme?
Recruitment for the 2021/2022 programme is now closed. Keep an eye on this website and on Twitter for details of next year's programme.
Into Headship - Cohort Four
My awards ceremony has been cancelled – how will I get the Standard for Headship?
The GTCS and Education Scotland are working on an alternative way to recognise your achievement and celebrate the success and hard work of those who have achieved the Standard for Headship. Standard for Headship certificates will be posted out to participants in the summer term. Please check that your home address is up to date on MyGTCS.
Into Headship - Cohort Five
Each of our seven partner universities have their own arrangements regarding direct teaching sessions, assessment tasks and submission dates. For most questions, you should make direct contact with your course leader. All of our university partners are, at this stage, confident that the Into Headship programme can be completed and encourage participants to continue to engage with the course wherever possible.
Will the Cohort Five Into Headship programme be postponed?
At this time, the Into Headship programme will continue, although each university is considering some slight alterations that might need to be made to accommodate the current circumstances and government guidance.
My university Into Headship programme still has some taught days to happen on campus. How can I access this learning now?
Each university is making arrangements to cover any outstanding teaching sessions, for example through online learning, where this has not been the usual practice. Some universities already use an online learning platform. Please contact your university tutor for more information.
I am part-way through working on the strategic change initiative and can’t now continue working on this as planned – how can my learning continue?
Our university colleagues are considering how some aspects of the learning through the strategic change initiative could be evidenced with a wider focus on your leadership through these challenging times. Your tutor will be in touch with further details as soon as possible.
Will the date for my final submission change?
Each of the seven university partners have different dates for submission and will make their own arrangements – some will change the submission date, some may stay the same. At this time it is anticipated that, even with a later submission date, all participants will be able to complete by March 2021. Your tutor will be in touch with further information as soon as possible.
My personal circumstances mean that I will find it very challenging to continue to engage with the Into Headship programme at this time. Should I withdraw from the programme?
Each university has deferral guidance in place and you may be able to defer your programme engagement until the next cohort. However, at this stage you may well have completed a significant part of the course and we would urge you to continue wherever possible. We would reiterate the importance of speaking with your course tutor if you feel you are in this position and they will be able to provide further information on the deferral process.
The Standard for Headship will be a mandatory requirement for new headteachers this year. If I don’t complete the Into Headship programme by September 2020, will I be disadvantaged in applications for a permanent head teacher post?
No, the new legislation, which comes into effect from 1 August 2020, specifies that newly appointed headteachers will have 30 months to gain the Standard for Headship through the Into Headship programme.
Into Headship - Cohort Six
I am a local authority CLPL lead officer and have had to postpone the planned interviews for Into Headship Cohort Six, with the result that we will miss the deadline of 27 March. Will this deadline be extended?
All of the application processes for Education Scotland Professional Learning and Leadership programmes will remain open until 8 May 2020. If it is possible in your context, you might consider holding interviews through a virtual platform or telephone conferencing.
I have applied for the next cohort of the Into Headship programme and have been advised to attend for an interview with my employer, which has now been cancelled. What will happen to my application?
All application deadlines will remain open until 8 May 2020 to allow for the application process to be completed. For local authority schools, your local authority lead officer may contact you with alternative arrangements for an interview.
I work in the independent sector and have applied for the next cohort of the Into Headship programme. What will happen to my application now?
All application deadlines will remain open until 8 May 2020 to allow for the application process to be completed. You should still make your application through the mailbox and we will contact you with arrangements to interview you in due course. This is likely to be an online interview.
My employer has advised me that I have a place on Into Headship for the next cohort. Will it still go ahead?
At this time, we are liaising with our university partners and are planning for Cohort Six of Into Headship to commence in the autumn term. There may be a change to planned university induction dates. It is likely that the processes for 360 degree feedback, provided through Education Scotland, will take place in the autumn term.
Evaluation of Into Headship
I am a previous Into Headship participant and have said that I would be happy to engage with the evaluation of the programme planned by the Education Scotland PLL team. Will those discussions and interviews still go ahead?
The Education Scotland PLL team are working from home, and would be very happy to continue to engage with previous participants and other partners to evaluate the programme in greater depth. Alison Weatherston, the Lead Specialist currently working on school leadership programmes, would be very happy to hear from you and arrange a telephone or virtual call. She can be contacted through our mailbox.