Career-Long Professional Learning
We know that high quality teaching and leadership are the key factors in providing the best educational outcomes for children and young people. Improving the quality of teacher learning and providing support for educational leadership are a key part of supporting Curriculum for Excellence and ensuring that we both raise attainment and close the attainment gap between pupils from different social backgrounds.
Teaching Scotland’s Future (TSF), which was published in January 2011, outlined many areas for improving teacher education. Much progress has been made in developing the whole spectrum of career-long professional learning for teachers. These include revised Teaching Standards, new mentoring guidance and revised Professional Review and Development guidance. Much more information can be found at the Education Scotland website.
Providing support for educational leadership is an important aspect of improving teacher education. The newly established Scottish College for Educational Leadership (SCEL) supports leadership development at all levels.
Leadership is based on fundamental values and habits of mind which must be acquired and fostered from entry into the teaching profession. To help support this, the Scottish Framework for Educational Leadership is available. This will also develop high performing leaders equipped to tackle the significant task of leading and managing in challenging and changing times and provides good examples of the ways in which teachers can engage in professional learning for leadership.