The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Scottish leaders achieve headship qualification

Teachers across Scotland have been awarded their headship qualification at the GTCS (General Teaching Council for Scotland) and Education Scotland Leadership Awards.

Over 100 teachers across Scotland have received their Standard for Headship at the GTCS and Education Scotland Leadership Awards Ceremony in Glasgow. The ceremony is a celebration of those who have committed to improving their leadership skills in teaching and look to enter a headteacher role in the next few years.  

The Standard for Headship is awarded to those who have completed the Into Headship programme, a national qualification in headship. This is a pre-requisite for all new headteachers in Scotland and focuses on the specificity of headship and the strategic role of headteachers.

At its core, the programme focuses on ensuring aspiring headteachers have the necessary skills required in management and strategic leadership, and a sound understanding of the theory and knowledge needed to be the best leaders for both staff and pupils.

Over 30 teachers from the new In Headship programme have also been awarded their qualifications. This programme is for headteachers who have taken up post within the last two years and helps them to develop and continue to build on their knowledge and skills, and with their transition through the early stages of headship.

The programmes have been designed in collaboration with universities, local authorities, GTCS and Education Scotland SCEL (Scottish College for Education Leadership), with the programmes delivered in partnership by universities, local authorities and Education Scotland SCEL.

Kenneth Muir, GTCS Chief Executive and Registrar said:

“It is an honour to present so many teachers with this Standard for Headship qualification. These teachers have gained integral skills to become leaders of learning within their schools, bringing improvements that will benefit and inspire both staff and pupils.

“The hard work and dedication of these practitioners throughout the programme shows the commitment so many have to developing a strong network of leaders in the teaching sector across Scotland.”

Gillian Hamilton, Strategic Director, Education Scotland said:

“The awards ceremony was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the success of the teachers who have completed the Into Headship and In Headship programmes.

“Those achieving the award have demonstrated a commitment to the importance of their own professional learning as well as a commitment to Scotland’s young people. It was a privilege to join their colleagues, friends and family in recognising their achievements.”

More information

You can find out about the Into Headship qualification here.