An example approach to developing a School Leadership Team

This is a model of practice developed in one Scottish secondary school in East Lothian Council, (Ross High School) where the teachers and pupils established a Junior Leadership Team with the aim of creating a forum for pupils to support driving school improvement.   This model provides an example of practice and talks through the process undertaken by the school.


Since 2015, Pupil ‘Leadership of Learning’ has played a significant part of the School Improvement Plan (SIP).

The vision for the Junior Leadership Team (JLT)  at Ross High School was to develop skills for future life and work whilst creating an ethos and environment that provides pupils with the opportunity to lead their learning.

Moving in line with ‘How Good is Your School? 4 (HGIOS?4) which states that all students should play an active role in their school and wider community and regularly take on leadership roles, including leading their learning (Education Scotland, ‘How Good Is Your School? 4, pg 22-23, 2015). It was felt that more could be done to develop a 'pupil voice' which directly contributed to and focused on improving teaching and learning.

The National Improvement Framework (NIF) recognises that leadership is one of the most important aspects of the success of any school. Further commenting that Headteachers and Teachers who are empowered and empower others to take ownership of their own learning, have a strong track record of ensuring that the highest quality of learning and teaching (Scottish Government, ‘National Improvement Framework for Scottish Education - achieving excellence and equality’, January 2016)

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Leadership of national government forum

This material provides a model which explores how one secondary school in East Lothian Council, Scotland (Musselburgh Grammar School) developed learner voice, leadership and participation in their school leading to the pupils hosting and organising the national education forum with the Minister for Education.


This material aims to:


  • Demonstrate how pupils can effectively engage in Pupil Voice leading to a feeling of being valued and respected
  • Identify a process used to engage pupils in the planning, research & leading of a large scale event where pupil voice can be taken into account to effect change
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Pupils' participation

The aim of this model is to show how pupils can be engaged actively in teaching and learning process according to the student voice principles by taking their prior knowledge and personal interests into account, giving them opportunity to set their own goals and plan further learning  steps to reach the desired goals.

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Teacher’s Personal Plan

The purpose of the model is to teach the teacher how to research and develop his own teaching practice. Personal plan is a form that accompanies a teacher through several stages: planning, exploring, observing, evaluating, replanning. This is a circular process of introducing changes in the teacher's practice - action research. The purpose of the plan is shown below:

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