Media release: Applications invited for SCEL Legacy Fund bursaries


Teachers are invited to seek financial support from the fund for professional learning

THE outgoing board of the Scottish College for Educational Leadership (SCEL) set up the legacy fund (which is being managed by GTCS) to assist the promotion of professional learning and leadership in Scotland’s schools.

The fund (which amounts to £75,326) will be used to establish a bursary programme for teachers at all stages of their professional careers. For as long as it lasts, it will support individual or group projects which are not currently provided for or funded by employers or other sources. However, consideration will be given to funding a new development to an existing/ongoing project.

Registrants with GTCS are now invited to put forward submissions to seek financial support for professional learning programmes, activities or courses which allow them to improve their practice, pedagogy, subject knowledge and leadership, and to support improved outcomes for young people in Scotland. Ideally, this will be by means of a project or piece of professional enquiry which can sustain and develop the leadership skills and the professional learning of fellow registrants

More information on the application process, guidelines and criteria is available on the GTCS website at

Since the roles and functions of SCEL were transferred to Education Scotland, the SCEL board sought a similarly motivated partner body which could hold the Legacy Fund and manage its distribution.

The board identified GTCS as the most appropriate body to take on this function. Scottish professional associations have also agreed to appoint suitably experienced individuals to serve on a selection panel which will choose which projects should be supported from the Legacy Fund.

The selection committee membership is as follows:

  • Kenneth Muir, chief executive and registrar of GTCS (chair)
  • Anthony Finn, chair of the outgoing SCEL board
  • Sonia Kordiak, EIS
  • Sharon McLellan, AHDS
  • Jane Peckham, NASUWT
  • Seamus Searson, SSTA
  • Jim Thewliss, SLS

Professor Anthony Finn said: “In its short life, SCEL engaged flexibly with the profession and put in place a range of well-designed programmes which met the needs of teachers at different stages of their careers.

“It seems very appropriate that SCEL’s residual funds will be used to establish a Legacy Fund, targeted directly at the support of teachers’ professional learning. We hope that the fund, which is being disbursed through GTCS, will now build on the SCEL legacy by offering teachers assistance to engage in professionally-helpful activities which might not otherwise have been open to them.”

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