The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Enhancing professionalism in education since 1965


Headship Qualifications

The Standards for Leadership and Management include both the Standard for Middle Leadership and the Standard for Headship (SFH).

The Standards for Leadership and Management, lay down the foundations for professionalism and leadership which is required by all middle leaders and headteachers.

Routes to Headship

There are currently two routes to achieving the SFH in Scotland:

GTC Scotland is responsible for the accreditation of both routes. It should be noted that the newly formed Scottish College for Educational Leadership (SCEL) is leading work on the revision of Routes to Headship programmes.