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Leadership classes for Highland and Moray schools
Highland and Moray schools are to share £900,000 to help improve leaderships skills among school and education department staff.
Highland will receive £600,000 for a project to set up online training tools and create a leadership community that existing and aspiring leaders can turn to for advice.
Moray will receive £300,000 to help develop its leaders through a coaching project which aims to help teachers and council workers to identify and achieve their ambitions.
Deputy Education Minister Robert Brown said: "Strong, high performing schools are driven by effective leaders. Great leadership can transform a school, motivating pupils and staff alike.
"But you don't have to be a headteacher to be a great education leader. We have inspirational leaders at all levels of our education system, from teachers who champion new methods in the classroom to authority staff who support and motivate their colleagues.
"These leadership projects will help us build on that potential, equipping a new generation with the skills and vision to make our world-class education system even better."
Director of Education, Culture and Sport for Highland Council, Bruce Robertson, said: "We are delighted that the Scottish Executive has agreed to support such an important development in Highland. We will introduce a leadership development programme for staff at all levels in the service with a particular focus on succession planning for headteachers and opportunities for middle managers.
"We have had a great deal of interest in the project from staff across the Highlands. It will help us grow the very best leaders in our schools - and that's good news for Highland communities."
Moray's Director of Education Donald Duncan said: "Leadership is not just the province of senior managers. It has to be a part of everyone's day-to-day responsibility whether they be in the classroom, in the headteacher's office, the community centre, library or headquarters.
"Our aim is to build leadership capacity at all levels within educational services in order to maximise the benefits for all our stakeholders. In Moray we are committed to our staff and their wellbeing, and this project is further evidence that we are continuing to forge ahead in the field of leadership development."
Both projects run from 2006-07 to 2007-08.
Work in Moray is already underway, with 16 coaches trained and new IT tools developed to support them. Work will begin on Highland's project this month.
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