Headlines: September 8th, 2003

A programme for developing teachers to take on headships in Scottish schools is having a positive impact and the learning from it will be transferred to a new continuing professional development framework.Researchers from Paisley University found that the programme was successful for both candidates and their headteachers. The impact for candidates is strongest in the development of management and leadership skills, while the strongest impact on schools is often perceived to be on the learning and teaching culture of the institution. The work-based ‘action learning model’ which underpins the programme empowers candidates professionally, inspiring confidence and leading them to become interested in fundamental educational issues

The report, commissioned by the Scottish Executive, shows how the Scottish Qualification for Headship which is awarded at the end of the programme, is contributing towards that process with many headteachers stating that the course has enhanced their ability to support others and increased their effectiveness as a leader.

The Scottish Qualification for Headship was established in 1998 and is achieved by successfully completing a professional development programme. It is designed to meet the national Standard for Headship which will be mandatory for new headteachers from 2005. Candidates for SQH undergo a selection process, administered by their local authority.The Scottish Qualification for Headship (SQH), a two to three year training programme for teachers, helps develop the skills required to become a headteacher and is designed to benefit the learning and teaching culture in schools.