Moray House School of Education and Sport

Principal Teacher - Leadership of Learning

This course is designed to give individuals in both primary and secondary sectors an understanding of the key concepts and strategies for leading and managing the processes of learning, teaching and assessment within a department/faculty.

This course focuses on the role of the middle leader in building professional capacity to drive forward the improvement agenda and bring about change within the context of Curriculum for Excellence. 

Due to the continuing impact of Covid 19, this course is being delivered virtually and has been designed to run on two mornings on consecutive weeks.

The two sessions will be interactive. As well as hearing about the latest research, policy and practice, there will be opportunities to work with fellow participants and for discussion, including sharing practice, challenges and opportunities for change in schools.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you will have:

  • examined approaches to leadership of learning
  • explored the role of middle leaders in promoting and sustaining improvement in learning
  • considered ways of leading, motivating and developing staff through change
  • considered approaches to self-evaluation
  • learned about strategies and taken away materials that will be of practical value to you in leading change and improvement
  • identified a change/priority that you want to focus on in your department/faculty/school and a plan to action your change initiative.

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for those in both the primary and secondary sectors who lead or manage others (or aspire to lead/manage others) within a department/faculty/school, eg faculty leaders, principal teachers, teachers preparing for a move into a principal teacher/faculty leader role or those who do not hold a promoted middle leadership post but who are leading others. 

Key words/concepts

Leadership, learning, teaching, assessment, attainment and achievement, collaboration, culture, motivation, professional learning, community, challenges, improvement, process of change, self-evaluation, analysis.

About the facilitator

The course is led by Dr Val Corry, who was formerly a successful secondary Head Teacher. Val has delivered courses on leadership, strategic planning and transformational change, raising attainment, building resilience, parental engagement and professional coaching. She has also worked with leaders and teachers in schools to enhance professional learning within the context of the school's improvement journey and with a focus on positive outcomes and impact for learners.

Val was part of a small group seconded to work with the Scottish Government on behalf of the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning to give advice on raising attainment and has worked with the Scottish Government and Education Scotland as a professional advisor with a focus on raising attainment and reducing inequity.

Val has also worked with Children in Scotland, on behalf of the Scottish Government, Education Scotland and the National Parent Forum Scotland, on parental engagement.

Val works as a practice adviser and a registered facilitator for the International Futures Forum (IFF). She strongly advocates the IFF method, which is very much about providing 'effective space for co-learning', recognising that we are all learners, where 'different perspectives, different thinking modes and disciplines, different value sets are shared, engaged with and explored rather than immediately challenged. The result is that diversity and deep expertise become a strength and source of insight.' The thinking and learning models and tools provided by the IFF method facilitate conversations that lead to co-created joint action.

International Futures Forum (IFF) method

Register your interest

Please register your interest if you would like us to notify you when bookings open for the next course, which will be in November 2022.

Register your interest in the Nov 2022 course


If you have any questions about the course, please contact the Professional Learning Team.

Email the Professional Learning Team


I ended both sessions feeling inspired and enthused and motivated. The level of support offered before, during and beyond the sessions was appreciated. Would absolutely recommend to anyone.


(The course) was one of the most practically useful I have been on and the balance between research and practical was spot on.

Very engaging and useful content. Speaker was superb. I have got lots to take back and put into action in school.