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Headship Qualifications

The Standards for Leadership and Management include both the Standard for Middle Leadership and the Standard for Headship (SFH).

The Standards for Leadership and Management, lay down the foundations for professionalism and leadership which is required by all middle leaders and headteachers.

Routes to Headship

There are currently two routes to achieving the SFH in Scotland:

  • Flexible Route to Headship
  • Scottish Qualification for Headship

GTC Scotland is responsible for the accreditation of both routes. It should be noted that the newly formed Scottish College for Educational Leadership (SCEL) is leading work on the revision of Routes to Headship programmes.

Flexible Route to Headship (FRH)

FRH is a leadership development opportunity for aspiring headteachers administered by Education Scotland. FRH provides the participant the chance to develop interpersonal skills and leadership qualities required to effectively lead and manage a school.

The programme offers choice and flexibility for individual participants, takes account of different learning styles of participants and is predominately practice-based with a strong focus on impact. The programme requires individuals to self-evaluate against the SFH, deliver a significant whole-school leadership project and demonstrate their learning at a final interview facilitated by GTC Scotland.

The overall vision of FRH is to develop the leadership potential of aspiring headteachers with the purpose of bringing forward more high quality leaders in Scotland.

Further information on the FRH can be found by contacting your local authority's FRH co-ordinator or viewing our Useful Links section.

Scottish Qualification for Headship (SQH)

Like the flexible route, SQH is designed to enable the participant to develop and demonstrate the interpersonal skills and leadership qualities required to effectively lead and manage a school.

The programmes offered by various University providers include attendance at taught days, seminars and the opportunity to link academic research in the area of educational leadership to individual and collaborative leadership practice. A major element of the course is a significant whole-school leadership project.

Many of the original SQH programmes have been revised by the University providers to include a broader understanding of leadership concepts and practices currently operational within schools in Scotland.

Further information on SQH programmes can be found by contacting your local authority's SQH co-ordinator or viewing our Useful Links section.

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CONTACTS

For information about Leadership and Management, contact:

Jacqueline Morley, Senior Education Officer (Career-Long Learning and Leadership)
T: +44 (0)131 314 6010
E: Jacqueline.morley@gtcs.org.uk