The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Standards for Leadership and Management

The Standards for Leadership and Management, which supersede the Standard for Headship (Scottish Executive, 2005), include both the Standard for Middle Leadership and the Standard for Headship. The Standards for Leadership and Management are part of the suite of GTC Scotland‟s Professional Standards which also include the Standards for Registration and the Standards for Career-Long Professional Learning and have been developed to support the self-evaluation and professional learning of those in, or aspiring to, formal leadership roles in schools.

These standards are underpinned by the themes of values, sustainability and leadership. Professional values are at the core of the Standards for Leadership and Management. They are integral to, and demonstrated through, all our professional relationships and practices.

Learning for Sustainability is a whole-school commitment that helps the school and its wider community develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes, values and practices needed to take decisions which are compatible with a sustainable future in a just and equitable world. Learning for sustainability has been embedded within the Standards for Leadership and Management to support leaders in actively embracing and promoting principles and practices of sustainability in all aspects of their work.

GTC Scotland recognises that effective leadership depends on the principles of collegiality. All teachers should have opportunities to be leaders. They lead learning for, and with, all learners with whom they engage. They also work with, and support the development of, colleagues and other partners. The Standards for Leadership and Management include a focus on leadership for learning, teacher leadership, and working collegiately to build leadership capacity in others.


For further information about our Professional Standards, contact:

T: +44 (0)131 314 6000