The European Education Policy Network on Teachers and School Leaders is a Europe-wide network of several organisations (policymakers, practitioners, researchers and stakeholders) to promote co-operation, policy development and implementation at different governance levels, and to support the European Commission’s policy work on teachers and school leaders.


This network is building on existing activities developed at European level, especially initiatives and projects supported through European Union programmes in the field of education. The coordinator of the 4-year project that started in January 2019 is the European School Heads Association, in strong cooperation with the European Sectoral social Partners in Education – ETUCE and EFEE -  and currently includes 27 partners from 17 countries. The first year of the project has been dedicated to desk research on career development of teachers and school leaders.

The desk research reports have focused on the following topics:

  • How to make teacher and school leader careers more attractive in different European countries;
  • Efficient education and continuous professional development for teachers and school leaders;
  • Teacher recruitment, retention and motivation in Europe;
  • Best EU projects for teachers' and school leaders' more attractive career paths;

More information about the project and the reports are available via the following website:

Please find the Newsletter of the project here

The final conference of the first project year which will be held in Jyväskylä (Finland) on 18 November, 2019. The participants will be educational policy makers, teachers, school leaders, education social partners, educational stakeholders, and researchers.

The 1-day conference will discuss the draft Policy Recommendations of the conference which will summarise the topic of the first year of the project and the messages of the desk researchers: career development of teachers and school leaders.

The agenda of the event, registration links and further information will be available in September and you will be notified in the second Newsletter.

ETUCE takes a broad view of school leadership, encompassing, not only the head or principal of the learning institution, but also other individuals with leadership roles such as deputy principals, departmental/subject heads, senior teachers and other individuals entrusted with leadership responsibilities. ETUCE believes in distributed leadership, shared or collaborative leadership involving teachers and the whole pedagogical community. Through such collaborative leadership, school principals can work with the whole pedagogical community to develop a shared vision for the school, to set the school goals and to work systematically towards their fulfilment.