This is… Digital Leaders: skills to help you lead change in your school

This programme aims to support teachers develop their leadership, improvement and coaching skills in the context of digital skills. It will provide the skills and knowledge to develop a strategic plan based on the needs of your colleagues, learners and wider school community; develop your understanding of improvement methodology and support you undertake an enquiry-based approach to developing professional learning for teacher digital skills and the digital literacy curriculum planning for learners.

This CLPL will run throughout the academic year 2023/2024.

Register your interest: coming soon.

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Entry requirements

Teachers need to be digitally confident:

  • professional certifications, such as Apple Teacher, Google Educator Level 2 or Microsoft Expert are required to demonstrate this

Applicants will need time to be able to deliver training, develop curriculum planning and implement school improvement planning:

  • approval from their headteacher to join the programme

The programme requires an enquiry-based approach to learning:

  • applicants must take the time to read the literature, test change in their practice and reflect on their learning to complete a portfolio of learning

Programme content

Applicants will be provided with a list of recommended literature to ensure they have a deep and informed knowledge of digital skills and learning and teaching. This will underpin their development work in school.

There will be inputs from across Education Scotland to support the applicants’ development of skills and knowledge in:

  • leadership
  • improvement methodology
  • curriculum development
  • effective pedagogy


These sessions will provide the practitioner with the knowledge to evaluate their schools’ needs for:

  • teacher digital skills
  • the use of digital to enhance learning, teaching and assessment
  • learner digital literacy curriculum planning
  • engaging families in digital learning


This evaluation will be used to identify an area of inquiry to develop their thinking and practice over the course of the learning programme. This will be shared as a final summative assessment to pass the course while informing the Scottish education system of effective digital leadership and practice.

The applicant will need to be able to demonstrate how they took evaluated school needs, developed and delivered professional learning to colleagues, and developed the digital literacy curriculum for learners and engaged families with this. The particular aspects that the applicant identifies and develops will form the basis of their professional enquiry.

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