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Teacher Leadership Programme

This is an Education Scotland 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.

Programme structure

The programme is structured to support participants to confidently take an enquiring approach through first exploring teacher leadership, reflecting on current practice and considering the nature and purpose of enquiry. Participating teachers then plan and implement an enquiring approach to developing their classroom practice in their context. The programme also supports teachers to reflect on the learning arising in terms of their own leadership as well as for their learners.

Participants are expected to attend a minimum of three events in person:

  • an induction day in August/September, where participants meet their programme lead and examine the concepts of teacher leadership
  • a recall day in January, where we aim to deepen understanding around the purpose and process of enquiry
  • a National Sharing the Learning Summit in June, where participants share their own learning and can explore the enquiring approaches taken by others.

The programme is also facilitated online through Glow. Throughout the programme, participants are supported and challenged by their peers, critical friends and the programme leads.

There are also additional professional learning workshops for participants to attend, focusing on specific elements of practice that could inform their enquiry focus. If you would like to know more about these please see the ‘TLP Workshops’ tab at the bottom of this page.

This programme has a focus on leadership of learning and teaching and is therefore not primarily designed as a route to promotion.

What are the benefits?

The Teacher Leadership Programme is a developmental programme which supports participants to enhance their confidence and skills; there is no SCQF accreditation. There is no pass or fail with the Teacher Leadership Programme as this is a supportive and developmental professional learning opportunity. Completion certificates are given to participants who complete the programme, including participating in regular online interaction and sharing their learning poster at the national summit in June.

The programme is informed throughout by the GTCS Standards for Career-Long Professional Learning and participants are offered support to make an individual application for GTCS Professional Recognition if they choose.

Participants in the programme often explain the impact of the programme on their professional identities:

“The programme allows teachers to develop leadership skills that they previously may not have known existed within themselves. That transformation in your own mind is quite powerful.”

“The Teacher Leadership Programme has worked its magic and I would highly recommend it to anyone. You have brought vigour and purpose back to an experienced teacher and for that I say thank you!”

Who is it for?

The Teacher Leadership Programme is open to all post-probation classroom teachers in Scotland. It is primarily aimed at teachers who are seeking professional learning opportunities to develop their leadership of learning and teaching in their context and who are willing to commit to all aspects of the programme. No previous enquiry or formal leadership experience is required to apply.

Our Teacher Leadership Programme also provides opportunities for teachers with significant prior experience to support participants as critical friends. Critical friends use their prior experience of enquiry to support a group of participants in their learning through regular contributions to their online journals. The critical friend role is undertaken on a voluntary basis and provides an opportunity for teachers to develop their understanding of and skills in supporting peers in their professional learning.

Duration and key dates

The programme runs over one academic year with key dates as follows:

  • Applications: January to March
  • Regional Induction Day: August/September
  • Regional Recall Day: January
  • National Sharing the Learning Summit: June
How is the programme delivered?

The programme is delivered online through Glow with three contact days at the start, middle and end for participants to learn and share in person. The first contact day is a regional induction event in August/September. The second is a regional recall day in January. And the third day is a National Sharing the Learning Summit for all participants across Scotland.

Throughout the year, participants are encouraged to reflect on their learning journey through a blog and are supported in that by a tutor, critical friends and peers on the programme.

Throughout the programme, participants complete tasks online and are supported and challenged by their peers, critical friends and the programme leads.

There are also additional professional learning workshops for participants to attend, focusing on specific elements of practice that could inform their enquiry focus.

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. A small fund for travel expenses is available only for participants from Eilean Siar, Shetland and Orkney, in order to attend the regional induction day, regional recall day and sharing summit. The programme is largely facilitated online, however participants are required to attend all three events in person.

Applying for the programme and further information

Applications for the 2019/20 programme are now closed. Recruitment will open in January.

No previous enquiry or formal leadership experience is required to apply, however applicants are asked to complete an online form providing us with some information about themselves, their professional learning and expectations of the programme.

Although applications are open to all, because you require time out of school we recommend that you discuss your application with your line manager.

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

Practitioner enquiry posters

Participants on the Teacher Leadership Programme produce posters which explain their enquiry journey over the course of the programme. These posters come in all shapes and sizes and are a fantastic insight into enquiring practice in the classroom. 

View practitioner enquiry posters

TLP Workshops

This year as an enhanced offer for the Teacher Leadership Programme we are prototyping a suite of professional learning workshops, focusing on specific elements of practice that could inform an enquiring approach. You will see that the twilight workshops are held over 2019/2020, free of charge, delivered by a range of professionals and held in venues across the six Regional Improvement Collaboratives (RICs).

View and book the TLP Workshops