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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.

Holding the Standard for Headship became a prerequisite for teachers taking up their first permanent headteacher post at Local Authority and grant-aided schools in Scotland from 1 August 2020, under Section 28 or the Education (Scotland) Act 2016.

The Into Headship programme is Scotland's national professional learning programme for headship.

Find out more about achieving the Standard for Headship


For information about Leadership and Management, contact:

Jacqueline Morley, Senior Education Officer (Career-Long Learning and Leadership)
T: +44 (0)131 314 6010