School Leadership Toolkit
for equity and learning
The School Leadership Toolkit is designed to provide policy makers, school authorities, schools, researchers and teacher training institutes with the tools to reflect upon, identify challenges and prioritize areas for policy action to support and enhance school leadership for equity and learning. Furthermore, the School Leadership Toolkit is designed to support analyses of the ways different school leadership policies and programs interplay and influence the overall capacity of school leaders and their schools to effectively and persistently address equity and learning challenges in their schools.

Briefing Notes
School Leadership Policy Development

Interview with Helmuth Aigner on School Leadership, head master of Akademisches Gymnasium Innsbruck, Austria (Interviewed by Silvia Krenn).





Educational leadership calls for a range of highly developed competences underpinned by core values. It requires professional commitment, an ability to motivate and inspire, and sound managerial, pedagogical and communication skills. Good educational leaders develop a strategic vision for their institutions, act as role models for both learners and teachers and are key to creating an effective and attractive environment which is conducive to learning. They are also major players in forging effective links between different levels of education and training, families, the world of work and the local community, with a common aim of raising learner attainment.
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Introduction to the Toolkit

The design of the School Leadership Toolkit is based on the assumption that there is no unique road to policy development on school leadership for equity and learning. There are different ways for EU Member States to achieve an advanced level of school leadership policy development for equity and learning.

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Educating School Leaders Toolset

The Educating School Leaders Toolset is intended to help policy makers and school leaders reflect upon different types and approaches to school leadership professional development as well as initial preparation of school leaders.

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Teacher Leadership Toolset

The Teacher Leadership Toolset has been designed to support the development of teacher leadership in school cultures with a flat hierarchy which are undergoing transformation, oriented to equity and learning as the theory of action driving their work with all students.

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Distributed Leadership for Equity & Learning Toolset

The Distributed Leadership Toolset is intended to help policy makers and school leaders reflect upon different forms of distributed leadership and their implications for policy formation, focusing on equity and learning.

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School Autonomy Toolset

The School Autonomy Toolset is intended to help policy makers and school leaders reflect upon diverse aspects of autonomy in education. What kind of autonomy of leadership is present in a school system and what opportunities for equity and learning should be supported through policy planning?

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School Accountability Toolset

The School Accountability Toolset is intended to help policy makers and school leaders reflect upon different conceptualizations of accountability and their implications for policy formation.

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Promoting Collaboration Toolset

The Promoting Collaboration Toolset is intended to help policy makers and school leaders reflect upon what kind of information on the education delivery processes do the different stakeholders need, so that they can be well informed and empowered to participate in decision making regarding schooling issues, such as the internal organization, staffing and resourcing, curriculum management, etc.

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Policy Response Toolset

The Policy Response Toolset is intended to help policy makers and school leaders develop solutions to problems around policy implementation. This toolset is informed by the principles of creative interpretation and the translation of abstract ideas into practice, and views policy as a process of creative social action.

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Policy Assessment Toolset

The Policy Assessment Toolset is intended to help policy makers and school leaders reflect upon different approaches to assess the design, implementation and impact of school leadership policies.

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Action Planning Infographics


Policy priorities
Priority Policy Areas
Action Planning Benefits
Policy Action Planning Benefits
Action Planning Principles
Policy Action Planning Principles
Action Planning Complexities
Dealing with Action Planning Complexities

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