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Collaborative Middle Leadership

Collaborative Middle Leadership is a professional learning programme designed to engage an establishment or group in ongoing professional learning around middle leadership.

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Evolving Systems Thinking

The Evolving Systems Thinking programme supports system level educators to enhance their leadership skills and experience through national collaborative working with a strong focus on ensuring excellence and equity for all children and young people in Scotland.

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Excellence in Headship

Excellence in Headship supports headteachers who have been in post for two years or more to strengthen and expand their school and system leadership skills – with a strong focus on delivering excellence and equity for all children and young people in Scotland.

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In Headship

In Headship is a postgraduate programme for new headteachers which supports them to develop and continue to build the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding required of headteachers.

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Into Headship

Into Headship is Scotland’s national programme for aspiring headteachers. On successful completion of the programme participants are awarded the GTCS Standard for Headship. The programme is delivered in partnership between universities, local authorities and Education Scotland and awards a 60-credit postgraduate certificate at SCQF level 11 which can form part of a Masters leadership pathway.

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Leadership of Early Learning

The Leadership of Early Learning programme supports headteachers in developing their ability and confidence to lead learning from the early years setting into the school setting.

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Leading Systems Change

Leading Systems Change supports the delivery of excellence and equity through a whole-systems approach to integrated leadership. It reflects the rapidly changing local government and public sector landscape in times of ambiguity and change.

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Middle Leaders - Leading Change

A prototype professional learning programme designed to develop confidence in the use of coaching within middle leadership.

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Supporting Teacher Leadership

Supporting Teacher Leadership is aimed at teachers and others in the system who have significant experience of leading learning and teaching through practitioner enquiry in their contexts and would like to develop their confidence to support others to take an enquiring approach to practice.

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Teacher Leadership Programme

A central feature of the Teacher Leadership Programme is for participants to understand what teacher leadership means and looks like in practice. As a part of this process participants 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.

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Towards Headship

Towards Headship supports the continuous professional learning of those already awarded the Standard for Headship and who are now considering a headteacher post as their next career step. Towards Headship provides a set of experiences in which participants will continue their professional learning in relation to the specific context of school leadership.

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Award in Leadership

Leadership is key to the success of schools. All colleagues can contribute to good leadership, not just headteachers. This programme develops classroom practitioners – teacher leaders who are able to positively influence the teams in which they work.

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Change Leadership

The Change Leadership Programme is designed to support colleagues in developing their understanding of aspects and models of leading a strategic change initiative.

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Coaching and Mentoring Professional Learning Programme

In Moray, a mentor/coach is the foundation of a range of approaches to develop and support teachers throughout their career through the professional review and development process as well as through their probationary year. The appointment of a mentor for probationer teachers provides opportunities for deep and meaningful conversations regarding both support and challenge.

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Coaching and Reflecting

High quality coaching can build skills within staff and develop them in a sustainable way, making training a process rather than an event. In a school with a coaching culture, mistakes are seen as an inevitable part of the change process.

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Educational Leadership (Stage one: Middle Leadership)

This programme aims to develop an understanding of the principles underpinning middle leadership for those aspiring to lead and manage the improvement of educational practices which impact on outcomes for children and young people in their setting and/or wider educational community.

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Educational Leadership (Stage one: Middle Leadership)

The course draws on recent insights into educational leadership across the world, focusing on leadership in a range of educational settings.

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Effective Mentoring

This two-day training focuses on the knowledge, skills and understandings that are critical for those who work with probationer teachers. The training is guided by the belief that learning to teach is a career long developmental process that involves a continuous cycle of planning, teaching and reflecting.

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Emotional Literacy

This programme provides an opportunity for professional development in the understanding and practice of emotional literacy. The taught elements are delivered over 8 sessions, each one building on the previous ones, with a focus on a different aspect of emotional literacy.

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Engaging Families in Children's Learning

This programme focuses on developing an understanding of the why and how of family engagement in children's learning, reviewing the legislation and policy around parental involvement, exploring the findings of relevant research, and gaining an understanding of robust practice.

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Evaluation: Assessing the Impact of Family Engagement

This programme addresses evaluation of parental engagement, supporting school staff to evidence its impact for learners. It provides progression through Connect’s professional learning modules and includes preparatory reading and reflection, evidence/working practice gathering and follow-up coaching, to support delegates to learn from and with learners, colleagues and parents.

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Head Teachers Leadership Academy

Head Teacher’s Leadership Academy from Columba 1400 is designed to support head teachers and the school leadership team as they focus on the cultures they create through an understanding of core values.

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Inspirational Leadership

This programme is designed to accelerate a senior leadership team's ability to lead the school strategy through effective engagement with all stakeholders. It is an intensive practical way to develop personal, team and leadership effectiveness in the real context of a school's vision, purpose and strategy.

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Inspiring Teacher Enquiry

Inspiring Teacher Enquiry is a six-session professional learning programme delivered across one academic session which affords practitioners the opportunity to focus on their own pedagogy and develop the skills to lead improvements in teaching and learning.

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Introducing School Leadership

Introducing School Leadership aims to support and motivate teachers to become involved in school leadership and management and to develop their leadership confidence and capacity.

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Introduction to Leadership Coaching

Research shows that coaching in education has had a positive effect on leadership skills, communication, learning and teaching, stress reduction, resilience and empowerment. This practical course, with all resources provided, translates theories and academic research into hands-on practice that works. Available in-house at your venue, and at open courses across Scotland.

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Lead On Programme

The Lead On programme is a self-directed, blended learning programme that enables participants to choose their own pathway to leadership learning and development. The focus of the programme is on leading a change initiative in a school or establishment setting.

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Leadership and Management Professional Learning Programme

The aim of this programme is to provide training and support for leaders and managers at middle management level and those wishing to move into further promoted posts.

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Leadership Development and Induction Programme

The aim of this programme is to ensure that newly appointed head teachers and senior leaders are supported to be confident in their professional and corporate role.

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Leadership in Professional Contexts

For aspiring and existing leaders in various professional settings, the programme will provide a framework for leadership development which takes account of the circumstances generated by changes in social and economic conditions and by policy affairs and external forces.

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Leading for Outdoor Learning

Leading outdoor learning within the staff team challenges teachers practice, using new pedagogical approaches and practical skills. Participants are challenged to embed outdoor learning within their school and to strive for highly effective practice through learning for sustainability.

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Learning for Sustainability: Connecting Classrooms

Learning for Sustainability: Connecting Classrooms is a programme designed to allow teachers to grapple with what Learning for Sustainability means, what existing and new pedagogies are required to develop critical thinking and problem solving and citizenship skills, and to consider how this can be embedded into their school context.

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Mental health champions – class teacher (Developing the mentally healthy classroom)

A unique programme of training on child development and wellbeing, designed for new teachers or more experienced teachers wanting to improve their expertise in this area.

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Mental health champions – school leader (Developing the school mental health strategy)

A programme of training and consultation to support school leaders to bring about strategic change to create mentally healthy schools.

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Middle Leadership and Management in Schools

This programme for practising teachers covers the major elements of middle leadership and management in schools and is designed to provide you with a critical understanding of the principles underpinning middle leadership and management.

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Post Graduate Certificate in Leading Learning and Teaching

This is a new Post-Graduate Certificate in Leading Learning and Teaching, with participants taking two appropriate modules from the wider MEd suite of modules. It is recognised by SCEL and is designed for students who wish to develop the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills to undertake middle leadership roles in schools.

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Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Learning: Middle Leadership and Management (Standard for Middle Leadership and Management)

The PG Certificate in Leadership and Learning: Middle Leadership and Management critically examines middle leadership and management within local, national and international contexts.

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Relationship Leadership

This programme provides a holistic approach, delivering transformational leadership training in schools to senior and middle leaders, teachers and other adults as well as to young adults, their parents and carers.

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Safe and Empowered: Responding to a Digital Generation

This programme offers free face-to-face and online learning for teachers in Scotland about online safety and digital citizenship. It covers the latest tech trends and safety issues, curriculum links and materials, professional skills and key resources to support teachers.

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School Leader Facilitator

With a hands-on approach, this programme explores the concept, the processes and the skills for design and facilitation of andragogy with a range of activities to demonstrate how the principles can be used when leading professionally any situation with adults.

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Scottish Improvement Leader (ScIL) programme

The Scottish Improvement Leader (ScIL) programme is a key part of Scotland’s innovative approach to address increasing demand for lead level Quality Improvement capacity and capability across our public services.

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Senior Leadership Programme

The programme provides an opportunity for cognitive development, reflection, collaboration and experiential learning as described in the Model of Professional Learning. The course also seeks to develop the leadership skills and attributes in line with the Model of Educational Leadership and the GTCS Standards for Leadership and Management.

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Supporting Mental Health and Wellbeing: A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Informed Educational Programme

This programme, co-constructed by SCIS and the South of Scotland Post Graduate Masters Training Programme in CBT, aims to provide a psychological framework to support practitioners in their interactions with children and young people in schools.

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Teacher Leadership

The course is designed to introduce staff to the many aspects of leadership through leading a collaborative enquiry.

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Understanding Social Enterprise

The one day Understanding Social Enterprise Programme is not about teaching teachers about social enterprise. It’s about helping them to understand what social enterprise is and how they might use it in their individual context to deliver learning that is relevant, contextualised and fun.

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