RSE Responds to Head Teacher Qualification Consultation

The RSE Education Committee has responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the Draft Head Teacher and Training Standards Regulations. These regulations are aimed at improving the quality of candidate applying for head teacher posts with a view to ensuring that schools are led by head teachers who are well prepared for the role.

In its response the RSE recognises that the creation of a mandatory qualification will not of itself prepare school leaders. In the short term the introduction of a mandatory qualification for head teachers could reduce further the pool of applicants for headship. A culture of career-long leadership development along with clear progression routes needs to be embedded within Scottish education. The RSE also highlights the importance of collecting data on head teacher vacancies on an annual basis so as to ensure that head teacher workforce planning is informed by up-to-date evidence. In addition, the RSE recognises that a range of factors are deterring potential school leaders from applying for head teacher posts. This makes clear the need for a strategic approach to address head teacher recruitment challenges.

The full response is available here.