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 National Improvement Hub as they come online.

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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 4 years post probation

The recently launched Stepping Stones programme offers support to teachers in their first 4 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.

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 National Improvement Hub 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.