Next meeting of the Network – Weds 27th January 2021

The Network will convene for its first meeting of 2021 towards the end of this month, with a meeting entitled ‘Supporting you as you support others: Encouraging and energising the Network’.

This online meeting will take place on the morning of Wednesday 27th January 2021 at 10.00-12.00am. Please book your place here. Joining instructions will be sent to registrants in advance of the event.

The aim of the meeting will be to explore ways of maintaining your own wellbeing as you work to support others. Feedback from the last network showed wellbeing was a key issue members wanted to talk about, and that more time spent in discussion in small groups would be preferable to a more presentation-based meeting.

There will be the usual opportunities to hear from the Co-chairs of the Network and from Learning Directorate colleagues at Scottish Government, who will focus on workforce support and wellbeing in the current climate.

You may be interested in reading the latest report from the International Committee of Education Advisers on the Scottish education system. It refers to the importance of mental and emotional wellbeing for our school and system leaders .

We are looking forward to seeing you there.

Rosemary Grady, Lesley Henderson, Rosa Murray



New support being offered to school staff

A new package of support is being offered to school staff to help manage additional pressures as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This support was developed in partnership through the workforce support workstream of the Covid Education Recovery Group (CERG) and is being delivered by Education Scotland, GTC Scotland and other partners.

Links to the support available will be added to the following webpage as they come online.

If you are a school-, local authority- or RIC-based member of the SPL network,  we would be grateful if you could promote this offer through your local networks. The support on offer includes the following:

Coaching and mentoring

The coaching and mentoring offer comprises two elements:

  • Professional learning around coaching and mentoring. This professional learning offer will increase the coaching and mentoring capacity within the system to ensure that there is long term sustainability in developing an established coaching culture.
  • Immediate access to coaching and mentoring for target groups to provide targeted and intensive support.

For further details about coaching and mentoring visit ‘Coaching and Mentoring Matters’, an online resource which will provide links to the 1:1 coaching offer and to the professional learning opportunities.

Support for teachers in their first four years post-probation

The recently launched Stepping Stones programme offers support to teachers in their first four years post probation. It includes a calendar of online events including webinars and informal ‘blethers’ as well as a dedicated Stepping Stones Teams space for participants to network with each other and share resources. Further details about the programme can be found on the dedicated programme area.

Reflective supervision support for school staff

Place2Be will be offering its Place2Think programme to teachers and school leaders across Scotland. Participants will join a small group of peers remotely on a monthly basis, to reflect on how they are impacted by their work in school, and how emotional factors can impact learning for some young people.

Place2Be will also be supporting schools staff wellbeing through a series of webinars covering a range of topics including ‘recovery and self-care’ and ‘understanding and managing anxiety in uncertain times’.

Barnardo’s Scotland will be offering a workshop programme for school staff who wish to develop Spaces for Wellbeing, which will support the mental health and wellbeing of staff.

Links to this support will be added to the following webpage as they become available:

Columba 1400 values-based leadership programmes

The support package also includes the continuation of the Scottish Government’s commitment, in partnership with the Hunter Foundation, to the values-based leadership programmes delivered by social enterprise and charity Columba 1400. In addition to delivering a Head Teachers’ Leadership Academy (HTLA), Columba 1400 will be supporting the system through:

  • Leadership conversations with Columban graduates
  • Online introductions to the Head Teachers’ Leadership Academy
  • Piloting online values based leadership through ITE in partnership with the University of Strathclyde

The Head Teachers’ Leadership Academy forms part of the Excellence in Headship programme: