A 12-month professional learning programme (PL) that provides leadership opportunities at whole school level while seeking to improve the way in which STEM is delivered in secondary schools. Over the course of the programme participants will receive input across a number of areas including STEM policy, leadership in schools, Health and Safety and more. Participants will also complete a practitioner enquiry and present their findings at a showcase event at the end of the programme. The Leadership in STEM programme is open to secondary practitioners from classroom level through to senior management.
Participating practitioners will complete 6 Units over the year:
Unit 1: The STEM Policy Landscape
Unit 2: Leadership Theory
Unit 3: Developing Leadership Skills
Unit 4: Professional Enquiry – Stage 1
Unit 5: Professional Enquiry – Stage 2
Unit 6: Enrichment Courses*
*Unit 6 comprises a series of short professional learning outcomes, all with a different focus, that will further participants’ knowledge and understanding across a range of areas. A minimum of six outcomes must be completed with some mandatory for all. These courses can be taken at any time across the duration of the programme.
Unit content will be adapted where necessary to reflect the specific needs and context relevant to the delegate’s educational setting.The six-unit course is a blend of online, face-to-face and independent research and study. Spanning around 160 hours, the course covers a broad range of professional learning topics. Aligned to the GTCS standards for career-long professional learning and middle leadership means the content and learning is set at SCQF Level 11.
Some of the activities involved in this course are:
• Developing academic writing skills and engaging with publications at Masters Level
• Exploring key current educational policies in STEM and measuring their impact
• Carrying out self-evaluation and improvement activities in their centre
• Developing and understanding management and leadership skills, theory and practice
• Analysing their own leadership skills and potential through the views of themselves and others
• Investigating the range of STEM engagement opportunities that exist in Scotland and how they can impact and enhance the learner journey
• Completing a professional enquiry on a key area relevant to their setting
“This course is invaluable for any practitioners interested in leading STEM activities and providing further STEM opportunities in their centre. From exploring the National priorities in STEM to gaining valuable insight into your own leadership qualities, the content is well thought out and relevant, with delivery from excellent external speakers.
As an experienced Principal Teacher, I have benefitted enormously from all aspects of this course and would highly recommend this to anyone, no matter where they are on their Leadership journey”.
Amanda McVicar – Douglas Academy