Lizbeth’s appointment comes as the network officially welcomes four new schools, including the first in Angus. Arbroath, Forfar, Dyce, and Peterhead Academies now have access to a range of professional learning and network support focussing on their culture, collaboration, and pedagogical practices which they can opt into. Two new Business and Community Support Officers (BCSOs), Chloe Borwick and Sam Foley, have also joined the team at Mintlaw and Peterhead Academies.
As part of its sustainability and scalability strategy, of which Lizbeth’s appointment is part, there is a programme of train the trainer professional learning in project-based learning and oracy to widen access to educators across Scotland.
“I have worked in education for almost 30 years, so I know about the challenges all teachers and educators experience in delivering high-quality learning and teaching. Leadership begins in the classroom and importantly I believe that change is built from developing and growing the skills and talents through the system.
“School leaders create the climate for the change and support the development of leadership for all. Excelerate supports school leaders to develop their strategic thinking to implement sustainable and impactful change in relation to the curriculum, teaching and learning, and wellbeing. “
The investment officially launched in autumn 2019 with four Aberdeenshire secondary schools. There are now 17 schools engaged, with ambition to welcome a further cohort.