EPNoSL – European Policy Network on School Leadership

Funding
European Commission - Education & Training - Lifelong Learning Programme

 

Reference
EAC-2012-1388

 

Coordinator
Kathy Kikis-Papadakis (Educational Research and Evaluation Group; Institute for Applied and Computational Mathematics; Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas)

 

Partner institutions
The EPNoSL Network, coordinated by the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas, engages 34 stakeholders of different values (i.e., Ministries of Education, Educational Agencies, European-wide Teachers and Head Teachers Associations, Research Institutions, and Experts on Educational Policies) which interact in a collaborative and reflective manner, having as main objective to co-construct, manage and share knowledge intended to inform policy, with the ultimate aim of improving school leadership in Europe. The Network represents stakeholders on School Leadership from 21 EU Member-States and intends to expand to all EU and Associated Member-States.

 

Team (CIIE/FPCEUP)
Elisabete Ferreira (Coord.)
Amélia Lopes
Fátima Pereira
Adélia Lopes

 

Duration
2011 - 2014

 

Web
http://english.tpf.hu/pages/content/index.php?page_id=260
http://www.schoolleadership.eu/

 

Abstract
Effective School Leadership is highly acknowledged to have a central role in the quality of educational outcomes, by influencing the motivation and capacities of teachers, as well as the school climate and environment. School Leadership refers to the process of strategically using the unique skills and knowledge of teachers, pupils and parents towards achieving common educational goals.

In response to this increasing need for school leaders’ professional development, including their training and selection, the European Policy Network on School Leadership (EPNoSL) aims at stimulating discussion and reflection on the subject under the scope of facilitating policy articulation based on current trends in the Network’s Member States.

The EPNoSL Network, coordinated by the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas, engages 34 stakeholders of different values (ie Ministries of Education, Educational Agencies, European-wide Teachers and Head Teachers Associations, Research Institutions, and Experts on Educational Policies) which interact in a collaborative and reflective manner, having as main objective to co-construct, manage and share knowledge intended to inform policy, with the ultimate aim of improving school leadership in Europe.

The Network represents stakeholders on School Leadership from 21 EU Member-States and intends to expand to all EU and Associated Member-States.

The challenges identified by the EPNoSL Members cover aspects of a) a re-definition of the relationship between school governance actions taken by principals and the political goals of the local community government and the appropriate relationship between the principal’s role as a leader and his/her role as a manager and b) the school leaders’ experience as an outcome of the influence from several arenas external to the immediate school environment.

The Network’s broad objectives are to be addressed in a period of 48 months and range from the development and management of a platform to support interaction between the stakeholders to the conduct of empirical research on pertinent issues relating to school leadership from a policy comprehensiveness and coherence perspectives, the construction of self-reflective tools on monitoring progress towards change to the definition of indicators on effective policy design and its implementation.