Career long professional learning for Education staff

The provision of staff learning within Education is influenced by the National Improvement Framework (NIF) and How good is our school? (fourth edition) (HGIOS 4)

There are two key drivers within the NIF that pertain to Career Long Professional Learning (CLPL):

School leadership

By August 2019 all newly appointed headteachers will be required to have the Into Headship qualification (60 credits at masters level).  We are working in partnership with the Scottish College for Educational Leadership (SCEL) and the University of Edinburgh to ensure that we have the capacity to meet this requirement.  In Headship, Excellence in Headship and the SCEL Fellowship programme enable our headteachers to continue to develop and maintain professional skills and competencies.

Teacher professionalism

We want to continue to improve the professionalism of our teachers and support staff to ensure their professional learning has an impact on the quality of our children’s learning experiences. We work in partnership with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) to ensure that teachers meet the requirement to have their Professional Learning signed-off every 5 years as part of the Professional Update process. 

Professional standards

Teaching staff are required to meet the GTCS Standards, and Early Years staff, where relevant to their role, are required to meet the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) Codes of Practice.