Career Pathways for Teachers: Independent Panel


The Extended Joint Chairs of the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers (SNCT) agreed that an independent panel should be established to consider the design and development of teacher career pathway models.

This was part of the 'Education governance: next steps' paper, published in June 2017.

Independent Panel on Career Pathways for Teachers was established on SNCT's behalf in June 2018.

The Panel engaged broadly with the teaching profession in Scotland in order to develop a range of models of career pathways to enable the development of different and exciting careers in teaching.

New pathways should provide opportunities for teachers to diversify their career, act to support high quality teaching and learning while helping to deliver excellent education outcomes for pupils.

The Panel:

  • considered different options for pathways. This included considering international evidence and previous Scottish policy interventions. New pathways would include subject specialism, curricular leadership, pedagogical leadership and support for learning
  • developed a stakeholder engagement strategy and engaged with the teaching profession and wider education sector through a variety of mechanisms, such as focus groups
  • explored the link between career pathways and qualifications (e.g. masters level learning or new forms of initial teacher education)
  • made recommendations as to how teachers undertaking these new roles might be remunerated. The Panel was tasked to identify exciting, flexible pathways and opportunities for teachers, including head teachers

Recommendations were drafted and presented in a report to the SNCT in May 2019 and the Panel concluded.


  • Independent Chair: Moyra Boland
  • ADES: John Fyffe
  • SOLACE: Angela Wilson (West Dunbartonshire Council)
  • SPDS: Kristine Johnson (Stirling Council)
  • COSLA: Kathy Cameron
  • Education Scotland: Gillian Hamilton
  • General Teaching Council for Scotland: Ken Muir
  • Scottish Government: David Leng, Stuart Robb
  • Scottish Government secretariat: Angela Felvus, Nicola Annan

Teacher organisations

  • EIS: Andrea Bradley, Jayne Rowe
  • VOICE: Dougie Atkinson
  • SSTA: Fiona Dalziel
  • NASUWT: Jane Peckham
  • SLS Scotland: Jim Thewliss
  • AHDS: Tim Wallace
  • Universities/Scottish Council of Deans of Education: Neil Taylor