Programme Outline


  • Any Head Teacher in East Lothian, Edinburgh, Fife, Midlothian & Scottish Borders


Head Teacher Trios can be a powerful tool for

  • Feeling connected and supported
  • Making time for reflection and critical thinking
  • Feeling focussed and empowered to make change happen
  • Exchanging ideas and learning from each other
  • Professional learning to support coaching skills and techniques development
  • Requesting bespoke support for you.

Other benefits can include improvements in

  • Wellbeing
  • Relationships
  • Communication skills
  • Work performance
  • Job & life satisfaction.


SEIC HT Trios is not a coaching training programme. However, we will offer coaching skills and techniques training to support the Trios. Trios may, of course, wish to use approaches other than coaching approaches for their Trios meetings. The Trios aims to give you time for critical reflection, exchanging ideas, learning from each other and making change happen in your school. SEIC HT Trios are expected to attend the following. These dates will provide opportunities to meet as an entire cohort together, to agree approaches that will maximise the benefits of being part of a Trio. We would like everyone to have the chance to meet in person at the first meeting organised in August.

  • Four Cohort Meetings where we will build our relationships, offer coaching techniques training, co-create the programme with you and evaluate progress.
  1. Tuesday 30th August 2022 14:30 to 16:30 Loanhead Primary School, 34 Edgefield Rd, Loanhead, Midlothian EH20 9DY Venue TBC late July
  2. Monday 21st November 2022 15:30 to 17:00 Microsoft Teams Click here to join the meeting
  3. Tuesday 28th February 2023 15:30 to 17:00 Microsoft Teams Click here to join the meeting
  4. Tuesday 23rd May 2023 15:30 to 17:00 Microsoft Teams Click here to join the meeting


  • HT Trio meetings which we suggest are held 4 times in the year and are virtual meetings with dates agreed by your Trio at the meeting in August. SEIC can fund travel costs for the August Cohort Meeting only.


Participants can also, if they wish, attend the following…

  • Regular, voluntary “Ask The Expert” drop-in sessions for further support with professional learning to support coaching skills and techniques development. Dates TBC Mandy Toogood


Outcomes Measures

SEIC HT Trios will be expected to complete a 10-minute survey before, during and after the HT Trios programme. The surveys are at the following links for completion in each of August, February and May.

August survey

February survey

May survey



SEIC HT Trios SEIC and Education Scotland contacts

SEIC HT Trios approach

SEIC HT Trios Focus tool

SEIC HT Trios record optional

SEIC HT Trios professional reflective log optional



Colin McLean, QIO SEIC & Midlothian Council 

Lynne Brennan, Attainment Advisor (Fife) Education Scotland

Jenny Marr MBE Education Support Officer Leadership & Professional Learning SEIC & Midlothian Council.

Sam Nicholson, Education Officer (Inclusion and ASN) Education Scotland South East Regional Improvement Team

Mandy Toogood, Education Scotland Professional Learning Team