Create, Lead, Promote, Sustain
- To create an open and welcoming community of enquiring practitioners.
- To lead professional dialogue within and beyond this community.
- To promote reflective practice in the teaching profession.
- To sustain the development of professional learning for the benefit of all learners.
The STEP Committee
- Ann McLean
Chairperson. Biology Teacher and Chartered Teacher at St. Margaret's Academy in Livingston.
School Professional Learning lead with a particular interest in supporting probationer teachers.
Previous experience of working at Local Authority level as Professional Update Development Officer and Probationer Co-ordinator with West Lothian.
- Sheila Hay
Secretary. Chartered Teacher and Support for Learning and Class Teacher, Job Share,
St Joseph's Primary, Edinburgh.
- Carolyn Paton
Treasurer. Primary School Teacher in North Lanarkshire.
- Lorraine Devlin
Member. Class teacher and Challenge Leader of Learning in Numeracy in Glasgow City Council,
having previously worked for East Dunbartonshire and The City of Edinburgh Council. Has a particular interest
in Early Years Education, Religious Education and teacher autonomy.
- Susan Brownlie
Member. Teacher of English at St Andrew's and St Bride's High School in East Kilbride.
Areas of professional interest include supporting teacher learning, developing a whole school reading
culture and Holocaust education.
- Rhona Robb
Member. Primary school teacher working in Complex Learning Needs within Glasgow City Council.
- Jodie Mackie
Member. Biology Teacher in South Ayrshire Council. She is the Rights Respecting Schools
Coordinator and helped her school gain the silver award. Member of the LGBT Education Network in Ayrshire.
- Kate Coutts
Member. Kate has 40 years experience in education, many of them as a teaching head. She has
combined this role with training, consultancy and research. Her work in outdoor learning, play and developing
leadership has been recognised at local and national level. A good knowledge of policy and research is
combined with practical working examples.
- Jennifer McBride
Member. Principal Teacher and Challenge Leader of Learning in Numeracy in Glasgow City
Council, having previously worked for North Lanarkshire. Completed a Masters in Educational Studies and
has interests in Literacy, Religious Education and Teacher Leadership.
- Angela Allen
- Member. Hearing Support Teacher with Aberdeenshire Council.
- Shannon McDaid
Member. Class teacher in Glasgow City Council, having previously worked for Dumfries and Galloway.
Has a particular interest in Health and Wellbeing for pupils and staff.
- Donal Hurley
Member. Irishman. Retired teacher of Maths and Physics, most recently at Alva Academy, Clackmannanshire.
Previously taught elsewhere in Central Scotland; Glenalmond College, Perthshire and 11 years in the UAE, both in an international school and at UAE University.
Have also taught Computing, Logic, Theory of Knowledge and Music.
- Caroline Maloney
- Conference organiser.
In 2014, the teachers behind the Association of Chartered Teachers Scotland (ACTS) stepped into the future
by relaunching as Scottish Teachers for Enhancing Practice (STEP).
The new organisation, which was formally approved at a meeting on 1st March 2014, was intended to have a
broader appeal as membership would be open to all teachers wishing to enhance their practice, not just
Chartered Teachers. Andrina Inglis, the Chair of STEP at the time, said: "Now that the Chartered Teacher
scheme has ended, we felt our organisation needed to look to the future and become more inclusive. By
relaunching as STEP, we feel membership will interest a large number of teachers who are keen to improve
Professional update is a key issue for all teachers, and STEP, with its annual conference attracting a
range of highly regarded educational speakers, has a key role to play.