Leadership is a big theme in Scottish education at the moment. Headteachers have a key role as school leaders, as they are the individuals who can do most to change the ways that a school does its job.
For ICT, 'Leadership for Learning' is a development initiative for Scottish headteachers, which aims to assist Heads to develop strategic leadership of ICT in their school. It is funded by the Scottish Executive Education Department, and managed by Learning and Teaching Scotland. It has already run for 2 years, and a third cohort of Heads started on the programme in September 2005. Its a mix of residential and school-based work, with exposure to lots of ICT developments and visits to schools where real use is going on.
SEED has now published the report of an external evaluation of the success of the initiative, which makes very uplifting reading. There are strong positive outcomes, with most Heads being persuaded of the value of ICT for learning, teaching and school management. And they go back to their schools, and they make things happen...
'Evaluation of the Leadership for Learning Initiative' - summary version.
'Evaluation of the Leadership for Learning Initiative' - full report.