Message on behalf of Gillian Hamilton, chief executive of SCEL

Please see below a circular from SCEL, firstly, inviting nominations for the final place on the SCEL board, secondly, advertising vacant posts with SCEL, and, thirdly, inviting responses, from individuals and from organisations, to a consultation on Models of Leadership Development.  SELMAS encourages all interested parties to consider these matters and to respond to this invitation to contribute to SCEL’s vital work on Leadership Development.

I am writing to provide you with an update on a number of important developments at the Scottish College for Educational Leadership.

Firstly, the appointment process for the SCEL Board of Directors is now complete, and the names of the new Board members can be accessed here:

There remains one outstanding place on the SCEL Board of Directors. As you are aware, SCEL has a key role in developing leadership at all levels in the education system in Scotland, and we are keen to appoint a teacher to the Board with current, excellent experience as a practitioner within a school, with good knowledge of the professional and leadership needs of teachers and / or middle leaders, and with evidence of demonstrable competence in leading an aspect of learning within a school. We plan to fill this place on a co-opted basis, so it would be helpful if you could share this information with teachers in your local authority who you feel would meet this criteria. Further information can be found on the SCEL  vacancies page.

We are also recruiting two members of staff to join the team at SCEL: A Director of Programmes / Depute CEO and a Development Officer (teacher secondment). Information about both vacancies is available on the SCEL vacancies page. The posts are also advertised today in TESS, the Herald and the Scotsman, with the closing date for applications Friday 31st October at 5pm. Again, if you were able to share this information with colleagues in your local authority who may be interested in applying, that would be really helpful.

Finally, today sees the launch of SCEL’s consultation on National Leadership Pathways and a National Headship Programme.  The Consultation Report and a respondent pro-forma are available here with the consultation open from today until Monday 3rd November. We welcome responses from both individuals and organisations. Local Authority feedback on the consultation is really important, and if we can provide any further information on the consultation at this stage, please let me know.

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