Educating School Leaders Toolset
for equity and learning
The effectiveness of school leadership capacity building is reflected upon how well school leaders can adapt
to their new roles and how competent they can become in co-designing and co-implementing policies for equity and learning in their school,
as well as in encouraging the establishment of participative, democratic school cultures.
Building a Competency Framework
In many education systems in Europe, although the duties, responsibilities and tasks of school leaders are usually stipulated in official documents,
one can find only scarce references to the competencies that school leaders should acquire in order to have a positive impact on the quality of education.
Yet, the development of a professional competency framework for school leaders can have many beneficial uses. It can:
Help school leaders reflect on their everyday practice and identify areas for further improvement.
Orient current and aspiring school leaders to professional development activities.
Contribute to the establishment of shared understanding regarding what it means and what it takes to be an excellent school leader between policy makers,
school leaders, teachers, parents, students and the society at large.
Provide the ground for the development of professional standards for school leaders.
Guide curriculum development and accreditation of school leadership programmes/activities.
Support the development of recruitment criteria and evaluation frameworks for school leaders' appraisal.
Promote the coherence and comprehensiveness of school leadership policy.
The Central Five: The Building Blocks of a Competency Framework
Prof. Michael Schratz (University of Innsbruck, Austria) on the interrelation between management and leadership (EPNoSL webinar: Capacity building, January 2015).
What we mean by School Leadership Competency Framework?
A Competency Framework on school leadership is a model that broadly defines the
accepted or excellent levels of performance of school leaders.
Educating School Leaders
An EPNoSL Webinar (2013)
with Michael Schratz (University of Innsbruck, Austria), Tom Hamilton (General Teaching Council for Scotland, UK) and Huub Friederichs (Netherlands School for Educational Management and Leadership, the Netherlands).