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Middle Leaders - Leading Change

This is an Education Scotland leadership programme.

Middle Leaders - Leading Change is a professional learning programme designed to develop confidence in the use of coaching within middle leadership, encourage reflection upon the key aspects of the role and further develop the use of an enquiring stance when planning and leading change. Positive feedback on the prototype which took place in 2019/20 provided evidence to suggest that the programme should continue to be delivered in 2020/21.

Due to the current Covid-19 situation the programme is being adapted to run online.

Programme structure

The overall aims of the programme are:

  • Self awareness - develop knowledge of the roles of middle leadership and awareness of individual areas of strength and next steps.
  • Leadership of change - develop knowledge, understanding and confidence in the use of different models to lead change.
  • Coaching as a model of practice - enhanced awareness and knowledge of coaching approaches and confidence in practising them

Each module will focus on different elements of the overall aims.

Module 1:

- increased knowledge of the roles of middle leaders and identified strengths and areas for development.

Leadership of change 
- started to consider own area of change and how this links to own strengths and areas for development.

Coaching as a model of practice
- further developed knowledge of coaching and practised listening and questioning with a partner
- identified a co-coach to work with over the coming year.

Module 2:

- reflection on previous self-evaluation and how this has influenced the leadership of change in context
- reflected on how own self-awareness is impacting on current practice.

Leadership of change
- engaged in learning around different change models. Identified learning from change models and considered how this can be used in own context
- used learning strategies to support stakeholder engagement in the change process which participants can ‘choose and use’
- developed knowledge of research around leading educational change.

Coaching as a model of practice
- further developed knowledge of coaching and practised listening and questioning with a partner.

Module 3:

- Engaged in self-evaluation and reflected on previous self-evaluation to determine impact on thoughts and practice.

Leadership of change
- reflected upon leadership of change and compared the approaches with peers to develop further understanding and sharing of practice
- sharing of learning from the programme.

Coaching as a model of practice
- reflection around using coaching as a model of practice and how this has impacted on participants
- identify next steps in coaching.

What are the benefits?

The programme is a developmental programme which supports participants to enhance their confidence and skills in self-awareness, leadership of change and coaching as a model of practice through engaging in facilitated learning activities and inter-sessional tasks.

Who is it for?

The programme is for current middle leaders and those who have a whole school responsibility or area of focus (but may not currently hold a formal leadership position).

Time commitment

The MLLC online programme replaces a full three day, face-to-face engagement prototype which would account for around 18 hours of learning. Participants are also encouraged to read widely around the main themes identified within the programme and to engage in online professional learning activities (PLAs). As with any professional learning, time commitment may vary according to individual circumstances.

There is no assessed element to this programme and it is not accredited as it is designed to be developmental in nature. Participants are able to apply individually for Professional Recognition through the GTCS, however, this would be an individual choice. Participants will receive an online certificate of completion.

How is the programme delivered?

The current Covid-19 restrictions mean that the programme will be delivered online until further notice:

  • three online modules to replicate the original three day engagements
  • links to relevant professional learning activities to be completed
  • short online facilitated discussion sessions with cohort participants.

Due to the changing nature of Covid-19, these plans may alter over the course of the year, with the aim that there may be face-to-face facilitation towards the end of the programme.

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.

Applying for the programme and further information

Recruitment is live from 15 June 2020 and you can apply online via our regional registration pages (these cohorts are not related to Regional Improvement Collaboratives but geographical areas in the hope that we can have a physical event in this location): 

We would suggest that those interested in participating should discuss with their line manager before applying.

Please be aware that sign up is on a first-come first-served basis.

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