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SELMAS Brains Trust June 3rd⤴

from @ Association of Chartered Teachers Scotland

From Alex. Wood:

BETTER SCHOOL LEADERSHIP: Can our current strategies deliver?

 SELMAS Brains Trust 2: Scottish Education Leadership and SCEL: June 3rd 5.00 – 6.30

 City of Glasgow College

City Campus North Hanover Street

60 North Hanover Street  

Glasgow   G1 2BP

 There is growing evidence that to achieve our collective ambition for Scottish education, we need passionate, inspirational and transformational leadership. In Teaching Scotland’s Future it was argued that this could be supported by the development of  “A virtual college of school leadership”.

 Plans for SCEL are now advancing and a new CEO will be appointed soon.

 The expectations are high: “Given the need to nurture the leadership skills and talents of all teachers, in a culture of distributive leadership, better coordination of resources, support and development would be more efficient and would promote higher quality.  A virtual college of school leadership should be developed to improve leadership capacity at all levels within Scottish education. This facility would provide a dedicated focal point for leadership development in Scotland.”

 Join us for an open discussion on all aspects of educational leadership and on how SCEL will deliver on this aspiration.

Margaret Alcorn (Convenor of SELMAS) will host the event, and Margery McMahon Lead National Co-ordinator for SCEL, Walter Humes, Visiting Professor of Education at the University of Stirling, Danny Murphy, Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, Rodger Hill Education Officer, Dumfries & Galloway Council, and Sue Beattie, headteacher at Belmont Academy in Ayr will contribute their thinking.

We are grateful to Glasgow College for hosting this event, and for the sponsorship received from the Scottish Government.

This is a free event, but you should indicate your intention to attend by returning the booking form to Alex Wood by email at alexander.wood@blueyonder.co.uk  

Alex. Wood
49 Acredales
West Lothian EH49 6HY

Tel: 01506 848259
Mob: 0775 989 8890
Web site: www.alexwood.org.uk

SELMAS – The Scary World of Student Leadership⤴


This week I was invited to lead a session at the SELMAS student conference – The Scary World of Student Leadership #swsl. It was a great day, with young leaders (P6-S3)  from across Scotland contributing some fantastic ideas. The main theme of the conference revolved around the question of how schools and education would look in 2023.



My session was split into two sections, with student tasks carried out in cooperative groups:

1. How will technology impact on learning in 2023?

In order to answer this, I wanted first to look at how technology has impacted on learning in the past 10 years (actually, I cheated a bit to include the birth of the Internet and the launch of Google).
(Slides 3-12)

Student task
What will technology in schools look like in 2023
(Slide 13)

2. Sugata Mitra – Hole in the Wall

If the premise of Sugata Mitra’s Hole in the Wall project is valid, then will we really need teachers in 2023, or will technology replace the teacher?
(Slides 14-15)

Click here to view the embedded video.


Student task
Using available technology, try to answer one of the following questions and then share with your home group:

  • How does a mobile phone work?
  • How does the human body work?
  • Why is the grass green, the clouds white and the sky blue?
  • How would I paint like Leonardo da Vinci?
  • How would I conduct a heart bypass?
  • Categorise the animal world.
  • Why do we dream?
  • Why was Nelson Mandela a successful and influential leader?

The plenary focused on a review of how technology could be used to answer the above by considering these questions:

  1. How did you use the technology to learn?
  2. How will you use the technology to share your learning?
  3. How do you see the role of your teacher in this process?