The General Teaching Council for Scotland

SCEL Legacy Fund Bursaries

Applications for the award of grants to teachers from the SCEL Legacy Fund are now closed. Thank you to all applicants. Applications are now closed. It is anticipated that decisions will be made by the end of May 2020 and successful applicants should receive confirmation of their funding thereafter.

In 2018, the responsibilities of the Scottish College for Educational Leadership (SCEL) were transferred to Education Scotland. Following the winding up of SCEL as an independent company, the SCEL Board identified a small residual balance of money to be used as a Fund to support teachers in their professional learning. The SCEL Legacy Fun is managed by GTCS.

In 2019, the first year of the Legacy Fund, the Selection Panel provided professional learning bursaries to 16 teachers/ groups of teachers, covering a wide range of topics. Reports on these projects will be available on the GTCS website in late 2020.

Decisions about the distribution of the Fund will be taken by a Selection Committee comprising one member from each of GTCS and the outgoing SCEL Board, together with representatives drawn from professional associations. All members are appointed purely on the grounds of their ability to make professional judgements about the submissions made. Once appointed, they do not have any representative role on behalf of their organisation.

The SCEL Legacy Fund will be used to establish a bursary programme for teachers at all stages of their professional careers. It will be open to GTCS registered teachers seeking to work either on individual “projects” or as part of a group “project” involving other teachers or educational professionals.

The word “project” as used in this paper can be interpreted widely to include, for example, an item of professional learning, a piece of professional enquiry, an activity, an event or a course. It is important to note, however, that funding would normally only be made available for teachers to engage in opportunities which are not currently provided by or funded by their employers or from another source(s). Consideration will be given to funding a new development to an existing/ongoing project but this should be made clear in Section C of the Application Form.

In deciding which submissions should be supported, the Selection Committee will expect submissions to reflect the expectations (3.2) and criteria (3.3) set out below.

Funds would be made available for the purpose of participation in professional learning events within Scotland, the UK or, where a suitable case for this has been made, in other countries, including:

  1. attendance at conferences and seminars which focus on learning relevant to professional development
  2. support for aspects of Masters learning which are not otherwise provided for
  3. study visit relevant to the broad purpose of SCEL and Education Scotland
  4. provision of support, including cover costs, for teachers engaged in small-scale educational research which is not otherwise provided for
  5. engagement in inter-school, inter-authority or international collaboration in the interest of promoting high standards of teaching and learning

The Selection Committee will aim to select for funding submissions which:

  1. will have a demonstrable impact on the professional learning of teacher and support improved outcomes for young people in Scotland
  2. will have potential to sustain and develop the leadership skills and the professional learning of teacher. The project would be enhanced if the impact on professional learning can be shown to be wider than the individuals or groups seeking support

By accepting funding for an approved project, successful applicants will also agree to produce a short report on its outcomes once the project has been completed. The report, which need not be academic in style, should state the nature of the project, the activities in which the applicant has engaged and, importantly, should outline what has been learned, including any advice which might be helpful to other teachers working in the same area. It is expected that the report will be able to be completed on one A4 page.

Reports may be edited and made available for the benefit of other teachers by GTCS and/or professional associations.

It will be expected that those applicants granted bursaries will provide evidence of the expenditure which they have incurred while undertaking their work. Fully itemised receipts must be submitted on completion of any project to meet the financial audit requirements. Non-completion of the project will result in a request for any monies to be repaid in full. Requests for deferrals should be made to scel.legacyfund@gtcs.org.uk

Subject to the guidelines set out above, applications for funding from SCEL's Legacy Fund should:

  1. not normally exceed a total funding of £2000 in the school year* for which the application is made. An application for a larger sum may be submitted but will normally be given low priority
  2. be open to individual or group applications. In the event that a group application is made, a higher sum might be approved
  3. be open to projects which already have the support of another sponsor, but which seek an additional contribution of no more than £2000

*Although an award will normally be made for a school year, it is accepted that some projects may not be concluded within that year.

Application Timeline

 3 February 2020 Applications Open for 2020 Bursaries
 28 February 2020 Closing Date for applications for 2020 Bursaries
 Early May 2020 Consideration of 2020 applications by SCEL Legacy Fund Selection Panel
  Reminders Issued to recipients of 2019 Bursaries of report submission deadline (30 August 2020)
 Late May 2020 Selection Panel Outcomes announced for 2020 Bursary applications
 30 August 2020 Deadline for submission of 2019 reports
 31 August 2021

Deadline for submission of 2020 reports

The sum available for disbursement from the SCEL Legacy Fund is £75326. Unless subsequently supplemented from other sources, this sum will be reduced each year by awards made to support deserving submissions. Those responsible for the establishment of the Legacy Fund have agreed that it should be the quality of submissions which determines how long the Fund lasts, rather than any predetermined annual allocation. However, as a guideline, it has been assumed that the Fund might last for 3-5 years.

Applications are now closed. It is anticipated that decisions will be made by the end of May 2020 and successful applicants should receive confirmation of their funding thereafter.