Education Scotland Support for Teacher Leadership

Teachers across Scotland are being invited to take part in Education Scotland’s Supporting Teacher Leadership (STL) programme to develop their coaching skills.

The programme is aimed at education professionals who have an opportunity or a remit to support colleagues with enquiry into an area of their choosing. It is a learning opportunity for any teacher, of any length of service, allowing them to practise coaching others in a safe environment to help develop skills and confidence and embed practitioner enquiry in their schools.

Laura McGregor, a teacher at Banff Primary School in Aberdeenshire who recently completed the Supporting Teacher Leadership programme said:

“The programme consisted of three online seminars and a couple of drop-in sessions. I really enjoyed meeting people from all over Scotland, virtually. There was a mix of primary and secondary staff and it was really encouraging to feel so supported by people I had never met. Each participant had a different reason for joining the programme; my plan was to take forward my coaching role as an impact coach for our school Visible Learning programme.

“My favourite part of the programme was having a practice coaching session with my designated coaching partner. Coaching is not about fixing it for others, it’s about allowing them to focus on how to work through a situation themselves. My coaching partner was brilliant; I’m primary, she is a secondary head of faculty, but we were able to help each other regardless.

“The Supporting Teacher Leadership programme boosted my confidence. I thought that being a coach was to give advice to people and I didn’t feel qualified enough, but it isn’t that at all. If I could use three words to sum up the Supporting Teacher Leadership programme, they would be ‘informative, supportive, practical.”

Applications for the Supporting Teacher Leadership programme open 27 May and close 10 June.

For more information about the programme visit the Supporting Teacher Leadership area on the Education Scotland Website.