MP900341522ETUCE not only represents teachers, but also school leaders via its member organisations.

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.

School leaders play a vital role in the provision of quality education and in ensuring equity and equal educational opportunities for all learners.  School leaders must create conditions for effective teaching and learning in their institutions by providing the necessary resources, support and motivation for their teachers and students.  School leaders can help to create and maintain a positive school climate and a culture of peace, tolerance, equity, inclusiveness, cooperation, hard work in their institutions for the benefit of the whole school community. It is also important to establish a positive learning environment.


European Education Policy Network

eepnThe 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.

More information about the project can we found here:

Project Newsletter

The EEPN project conference will be held in Jyvaskyla (Finland) on 18 November, 2019. The invitees are educational policy makers, teachers, school leaders, education social partners, educational stakeholders, and researchers. The 1-day conference will present research findings of the network partners and discuss draft policy recommendations on the topic of the first year of the project: career development of teachers and school leaders, based on messages of our desk research papers.

More information in the second issue of the Project Newsletter



epnosl logo full text lowresETUCE was a member of European Policy Network on School Leadership (EPNoSL), which aims at improving policy and practice on school leadership in Europe (2011- ).


ETUCE Working Group of school leaders and trade union experts on School Leadership (2010-2012) produced ETUCE Policy Paper on School Leadership (2012).

ETUCE working Group produced ETUCE Survey Report: School Leadership in Europe: issues, challenges and opportunities (2012). The aim of this survey was to map out the school leadership situation in Europe, with a view to identifying examples of good practice and challenges faced by school leaders. The survey was  limited to case studies in 11 countries, spread out across Europe, namely, Germany,  Finland, France, , Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and United Kingdom.


The Final conference of the project: "Professional Autonomy, Accountability and Efficient Leadership" took place on 13 November, 2014 in Amsterdam. The project is also supported by the Local Government Association of the UK, the Ministry for Education and Employment of Malta, and the General Trade Union for Education of the Netherlands (AOB). Based on the outcomes of these discussions and the results of the Peer Learning Visits, the Project Steering Committee members presented possible topics for a joint European Sectoral Social Dialogue (ESSDE) in Education outcome. The Secretariats of EFEE and ETUCE will follow-up this debate by preparing an ESSDE Joint Declaration on School Leadership.

ETUCE organised a European – Global Conference on School Leadership on 23-25 May 2012, in Dublin, Ireland. The conference aimed at exchanging views on how to improve quality in school leadership during the economic and financial crisis. The 75 participants, school leaders, trade unionists, presidents of trade unions organising school leaders, and guest speakers represented 15 European and 8 Asian, African, Australian and Latin-American member organisations.

More information
ETUCE Newsletter 2/2011: School leadership survey currently in progress
ETUCE Newsletter 1/2011: School leaders call for the protection of school budgets and workers' rights