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Collaborative Middle Leadership

This is an Education Scotland leadership programme.

Collaborative Middle Leadership is a professional learning programme designed to engage an establishment or group in ongoing professional learning around middle leadership with the aim of enhancing and developing the leadership attributes of the middle leadership team to improve outcomes for all learners.

Programme structure

The Collaborative Middle Leadership (CML) programme enables the extended leadership team to explore key aspects of middle leadership together. As it is a bespoke programme, it can be tailored for every school, local authority or Regional Improvement Collaborative and can be designed to suit the needs of the group.

By engaging in the programme, establishments will have access to a suite of ready to use workshops which can support the professional learning of staff around key aspects of middle leadership.

CML is a prototype programme designed to engage a context in ongoing professional learning around middle leadership with the aim of enhancing and developing the leadership attributes of the middle leadership team to improve outcomes for all learners.

The programme can run at any point in the year and is flexibly designed to allow each context to engage in the areas which have been collectively identified as key priorities. Through self-evaluation materials the Extended Leadership Team (Senior Leadership and Middle Leaders) start the process of engagement and exploration of their professional learning priorities around leadership within their context.

Following this self-evaluation the extended leadership team engage in an exploration session facilitated by a member of the Professional Learning and Leadership team, a Lead Specialist or an identified Local Authority or RIC link associate (CLPL link/QIO/EO) to collaboratively identify the key priorities to focus on over the academic session.

The CML programme includes a variety of workshops and online learning activities which aim to support engagement around the key development priorities identified through the collaborative exploration session. The workshops and online materials are designed to support the practical aspects of middle leadership and to provide the opportunity for staff to engage in professional learning with peers and members of the senior leadership team in a supportive environment.

What are the benefits?

The programme is a developmental programme which supports participants to enhance their confidence and skills.

Who is it for?

The programme is designed to support middle leaders within a context, which could be within a secondary school, primary cluster or local authority groups (eg Developing Young Workforce, literacy). It is also important to recognise that middle leadership includes a wide variety of roles ranging from Principal Teachers of Curriculum and year heads to class teachers with a responsibility to take forward an area of work within their context.

Duration and key dates

The programme runs throughout the year with support from Education Scotland as appropriate. The programme can run at any point in the year and is flexibly designed to allow engagement in the areas which have been collectively identified as key priorities.

The workshops can take place during collegial time, twilight meetings or in-service days all of which will be timetabled by the Extended Leadership Team.

How is the programme delivered?

The programme is suitable for use by primary, secondary, local authority and RICs to support the professional learning of current or aspiring middle leaders.

The programme is designed to be delivered flexibly and at a pace agreed in each establishment.

Funding and costs

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.

Applying for the programme and further information

For further information about this programme, or for an informal discussion with a Lead Specialist, contact us at edspll@educationscotland.gov.scot.