Scottish Instructional Leadership Conference 2018

Policy, Research and Practice

  • Focusing leaders on what matters most: impact on learner progression

  • Learn how instructional leadership carries up to FOUR times the impact of transformational leadership

  • Discover how impact and instruction, when aligned through instructional leadership, speeds the journey to better outcomes

  • Practical sessions to develop your leadership toolkit:

    • Impact teams
    • Collective efficacy
    • Collaborative leadership
    • Coaching

Discover how to use policy, research and practice to position instructional leadership into the context of the Scottish educational reforms.

Informed by policy

Discuss school leadership in Scotland

Unpick the high expectations of policy

Improved by research

Self-efficacy and coaching

Collaborative leadership as a tool to:

  • increase success
  • focus on pupil learning
  • develop teachers

Reciprocal learning in school communities

Inspired by practice

Explore the translation of policy to practice

Make an impact with Collective Efficacy

Practical tools on how to coach

Build the right team for maximum improvement in your school

Instruction Leadership

The influence of the leader is based on his or her expert knowledge and focuses on improving learning in the classroom.

Focus: Pupils

Transformational Leadership

The leader focuses on building the capacity of the members of the organisation.

Focus: People

Sarah Philp

Sarah Philp

Date: 16th Mar 2018

Until recently, Sarah worked as Principal Educational Psychologist at Midlothian Council where she led the development of Visible Learning across Early Years, Primary and Secondary.

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Peter DeWitt

Peter DeWitt

Date: 16th Mar 2018

Dr Peter DeWitt is a former headteacher, Visible Learning trainer and acclaimed author. He offers international insight into collaborative leadership, inclusive school climates and connected learning.

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Laura Kearney

Laura Kearney

Date: 16th Mar 2018

Laura has extensive experience of primary education including over 10 years as a Headteacher. She is at the forefront of the latest national changes in KS1 and is currently an independent trainer and coach. She has worked successfully with schools to improve teaching, develop effective approaches to CPD and improve outcomes for learners.

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John MacBeath

John MacBeath

Date: 16th Mar 2018

John is Professor Emeritus at the University of Cambridge and the co-author of the report Inclusion: statements of intent. The 2015 report findings showed that special educational needs and disability provision in mainstream schools is worse than a decade ago. John was awarded an OBE in 1997 for his services to education.

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Gillian Hamilton

Gillian Hamilton

Date: 16th Mar 2018

Gillian is the CEO of Scottish College for Educational Leadership (SCEL) and is also a former Headteacher. She offers 26 years of experience working in Scottish education and is passionate about leadership programmes that promote quality in teaching.

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Deirdre Torrance

Deirdre Torrance

Date: 16th Mar 2018

Deirdre is the former Director of Teacher Education Partnerships and Director of Masters Leadership Programmes at the University of Edinburgh. She offers her insight and experience of designing, developing and delivering educational leadership and management programmes.

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09:40 - 10:30

School Leadership in Scotland


- Unpick what we understand as the purpose and nature of leadership in 2018. - Evaluate what we have learned over the past decade and what we still have to learn. - Explore the extent to which leaders may be characterised as lead learners in their schools and communities.

By Professor John MacBeath OBE


10:45 - 11:45

Policy Expectations and Practice Realities


- Updates on policy and the expectations that come with it. - Critically unpick what these policies mean in practice, including: - What works well? - What are the challenges and tensions? - Join the debate around rhetoric versus practice.

By Gillian Hamilton & Dr Deirdre Torrance


12:15 - 13:00

Choose from the following sessions

Workshop 1


Instructional leadership 101

- For those new to instructional leadership. A guide to the key components of instructional leadership.

By Sarah Philp

Collaborative coaching

- Foster a confidential relationship between coach and leader, focusing on a co-constructed goal. Discover why self-efficacy is important to the coaching process and how this builds a sense of collective efficacy within a school.

By Dr Peter DeWitt

Impact teams

- How the right team with the right process and measures can implement instructional improvement efficiently and effectively.

By Laura Kearney


14:00 - 14:40

Collaborative Leadership


Focus on how leaders can use 6 high-effect influences on learning to: - foster growth in their teachers - put the focus on learning for students - increase success as collaborative leaders

By Peter DeWitt


14:50 - 15:35

Choose from the following sessions

Workshop 2


Collective Efficacy

- Use the most powerful (Hattie’s NEW number 1) tool for school improvement. Where collaboration struggles to produce desired impact, collective efficacy thrives.

By Laura Kearney

Instructional Leadership Model

- How to develop an instructional leadership model in your school.

By Sarah Philp

The Big 6

- Unpick high-effect size influences to use with students in the classroom or school. Focus on reciprocal learning as a powerful tool to allow the school community to learn from one another.

By Dr Peter DeWitt


15:45 - 16:00

Panel Discussion


The Future of Leadership in Scotland



First delegate rate

£349 + VAT

Additional delegate rate

£329 + VAT

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