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(CSSC) Non-Selective Post-Primary Leadership Scholarship available

The Controlled Schools’ Support Council (CSSC) is pleased to announce a Scholarship Scheme for leaders of non-selective controlled post-primary schools. 

The purpose of the scholarship is to offer funding towards a development course which will enhance the professional development of the participant, encourage self-reflection and evaluation as well as contribute to the raising of standards at a school level.

CSSC has selected the Chartered College of Teaching ‘Excellence in school leadership’ programme for this scholarship. Principals and Vice-Principals from controlled schools who secure a place on this course will have the opportunity to apply in parallel for the ‘CSSC Non-Selective Post-Primary Leadership Scholarship’ to cover their course fees. CSSC will be sponsoring up to five scholarships, with a value of £1,145 each.

Why the Chartered College of Teaching ‘Excellence in school leadership’ programme?
The ‘Excellence In School Leadership with Chartered Teacher (Leadership) Status’  (Chartered College of Teaching) presents a unique opportunity for Principals and Vice-Principals to undertake a professional development course which will lead to Chartered Teacher (Leadership) status.

What is the Chartered College of Teaching ‘Excellence in school leadership’ programme?
The  ‘Excellence in school leadership’ programme will give participants the opportunity to explore key areas of leadership and practice within their own school context, using evaluation and evidence to drive sustained school improvement that is underpinned by a culture of excellent teaching.

During the 12 month programme, participants will reflect upon and challenge thinking, connect with other experienced school leaders, and draw upon advice from leading experts to deepen understanding, knowledge and thinking in key areas that will make the greatest difference to your school and ultimately, to outcomes for your pupils.

How will undertaking the ‘Excellence in leadership’ programme benefit you and your school?
The programme provides a range of benefits for you, your school or school group, the teachers you work with and ultimately, your pupils. You will benefit from:

  • deepening your understanding of, and applying evidence-informed approaches to school leadership, evaluation and implementation to drive improvement in your context
  • time to focus on specific elements of school leadership that will make the greatest difference to your pupils and teachers
  • the opportunity to collaborate with senior leaders and engage in discussions which focus on current and relevant issues to you
  • access to high quality speakers and expert input to challenge and extend your thinking in key areas
  • refreshing knowledge of evidence-based practice in pedagogy, curriculum, assessment, behaviour and how this can be embedded in school practice.

Access further information on the application process to the Chartered College of Teaching course and a brochure here.

Who should apply for the CSSC Non-Selective Post-Primary Leadership Scholarship?

The Scholarship is available to Principals or Vice-Principals within a non-selective controlled post-primary school in Northern Ireland with a minimum of 3 years’ experience in a permanent or acting capacity.  To be considered for the scholarship you have to have been successful in gaining a place on the ‘Excellence in School Leadership with Chartered Teacher (Leadership) Status’ programme offered by the Chartered College of Teaching and have gained the approval of school Governors to your participation in the course and application for the CSSC Non-Selective Post-Primary Leadership Scholarship.  The scholarship application requires completion of two essential and one desirable 250 word written submissions.

Access the information pack and application forms for the CSSC Non-Selective Post Primary Leadership Scholarship below. Please note that the scholarship application must be returned electronically to info@csscni.org.uk by 12 midnight on Sunday 13 December 2020. 

Acceptance on the ‘Excellence In School Leadership with Chartered Teacher (Leadership) Status’ (Chartered College of Teaching) does not guarantee that you will be successful in an application for the CSSC Non-Selective Post-Primary Leadership Scholarship.