Scotland’s newest cohort of school leaders has received the Standard for Headship award at a ceremony hosted by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) on 15 March 2014.
GTCS assumed responsibility for the governance of the Standard for Headship from the Scottish Government in 2013, taking ownership of this annual event which is held to celebrate teachers who have achieved the Standard.
This year’s event was held at the Stirling Management Centre in Stirling with 71 teachers being awarded the Standard for Headship. The day also featured a Leadership Conference with international educational consultant, Sir John Jones, delivering a keynote address on the moral imperative of School Leadership to participants. The conference will also feature a panel discussion and workshops before attendees are awarded the Standard for Headship.
Invited participants have completed the Scottish Qualification for Headship working with a Scottish University, or the flexible route to Headship delivered by Education Scotland. Mr Michael Russell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning presented the certificates to candidates alongside GTCS Chief Executive, Kenneth Muir.
Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Mr Michael Russell said:
“The Scottish Government fully understands the importance of educational leadership in improving attainment and achievement for children and young people. We are encouraging all teachers to take on leadership roles and we will continue to promote the concept of leadership at all levels. We want to move to a position where achieving the Standard for Headship is mandatory for all head teachers and we will work with the sector and the Scottish College for Educational Leadership towards this goal. Today’s awards ceremony has recognised the dedication and hard work of our teachers across the country and I wish them all the best as they move into head teacher roles.”
Mr Kenneth Muir, Chief Executive of the General Teaching Council for Scotland said:
“On behalf of GTC Scotland I am delighted to recognise the success of these teachers in achieving the Standard for Headship. These awards acknowledge the significant hard work and dedication to learning and leadership that each individual has demonstrated through their studies. Their achievements reflect well upon Scottish education as a whole as their commitment to professional learning continues to improve the learning outcomes of children and young people in Scotland.”