European Education Policy Network on Teachers and School Leaders

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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.

EEPN project 1st year (2019) on career development of teachers and school leaders

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: https://educationpolicynetwork.eu/publications/

Please find the Newsletter of the project here

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

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

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.

The outcomes of the 1st year project can be found at the project website https://educationpolicynetwork.eu/publications/ and here below: 

Policy recommendations on effective career paths for teachers and school leaders 

https://educationpolicynetwork.eu/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Deliverable-4_2-Policy-recommendations-v2.pdf

Agenda of 1st Annual conference: 

https://educationpolicynetwork.eu/annual-conference/

Research on Good Practices:  Practitioners and Parents

https://educationpolicynetwork.eu/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Deliverable-2_1_Desk-reseach-on-GOOD-PRACTICES-practitioners-and-parents-published.pdf

Research on Good Practices: Policy Implementation​ 

https://educationpolicynetwork.eu/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Deliverable-2_2_Desk-resarch-on-GOOD-PRACTICES-in-policy-implementation.pdf

Research on Education: School Leaders​ 

https://educationpolicynetwork.eu/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Deliverable-2_3a_Desk-research-on-EDUCATION-Research_leaders.pdf

Research on EU Funded Projects​ 

https://educationpolicynetwork.eu/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Deliverable-2_4_Desk-research-on-EU-FUNDED-PROJECTS.pdf

Research on Education: Teachers​ 

https://educationpolicynetwork.eu/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Deliverable-2_3_Desk-research-on-EDUCATION-Research-1.pdf

Highlights Report summarising the findings

https://educationpolicynetwork.eu/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Deliverable-3_1_Highlights-report-updated.pdf

Synergies Report introduces the partnership

https://educationpolicynetwork.eu/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Deliverable-5_3_Synergies-Report.pdf

State of affairs report on distributed school leadership policies 

https://educationpolicynetwork.eu/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Deliverable-4_1-State-of-affairs.pdf

EEPN project 2nd year (2020) on teaching and school leadership in the digital area

The project partners will focus on teaching and school leadership in the digital area in 2020. The focus will be developing desk research and organising a conference on this topic.