The Scottish Government has made a further commitment to the quality of teaching and leadership in Scotland with the announcement that they will fully fund the studies of all head teachers developing their knowledge and skills through SCEL’s new In Headship qualification.
Following the announcement earlier this year that all aspiring head teachers would have their Into Headship studies fully funded from 2016, the additional funding for In Headship provides a crucial next stage of developmental support for those appointed to the head teacher role.
Announcing the additional support at the EIS head teacher and depute head teacher conference on October 7th, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills John Swinney MSP said: “Ensuring you have the skills to support schools and their communities is essential and I will continue to invest in professional learning for school leaders through the Scottish College for Educational Leadership, and through initiatives like the package of support I announced in June and through the new qualification for Headship itself.
“I am also happy to confirm that the Scottish Government will also fund the full costs for head teachers moving to the next stage of the qualification – the In Headship Programme.”
Gillian Hamilton, CEO at SCEL, said: “Head teachers can have an incredible positive impact on a young person, a school and a school community. Support in the early stages of headship is vital, and the new In Headship programme, building on Into Headship, will extend the professional learning, knowledge and skills that new head teachers need to be able to lead in a dynamic policy context and anticipate and address the challenges that the role may bring.
“The Deputy First Minister’s announcement of financial support is hugely welcome, and will be hugely beneficial not just to those studying for the qualification, but to our communities as a whole.”