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The Standard for Headship (SFH) in Scotland lays down the foundations for professionalism and leadership which is required by all headteachers.
The SFH is a framework for aspiring headteachers and identifies key qualities that are required to succeed as an experienced headteacher.
Routes to Headship
There are two routes to achieving the SFH in Scotland: the flexible route to headship, which began in 2007 and the Scottish Qualification for Headship.
Flexible Route to Headship (FRH)
FRH provides the participant the chance to develop interpersonal skills and leadership qualities required to effectively manage a school.
The programme offers choice and flexibility for individual participants, takes account of different learning styles of participants and is predominately practice-based with a strong focus on impact. The programme requires individuals to self-evaluate against the SFH and construct a Professional Learning Plan.
The overall vision of FRH is to develop the leadership potential of aspiring headteachers with the purpose of bringing forward more high quality teachers in Scotland.
Scottish Qualification for Headship (SQH)
Like the flexible route, SQH is designed to enable the participant to develop and demonstrate the competences they require to meet and achieve the SFH.
The programmes offered by various University providers include seminars and evidence of school collaborative working with colleagues and the wider educational community. A major element of the course is a work based learning project.
Many of the original programmes have been revised by the providers to include a broader understanding of leadership concepts and practices currently operational within schools in Scotland.
The SQH/ Leadership programmes offered by the University Providers are accredited by the GTC Scotland and reviewed on a regular basis at National meetings.