School Leadership Toolkit
for equity and learning
The basic premise of the School Leadership Toolkit
The European Policy Network on School Leadership (EPNoSL) is a Europe-wide network which engages a wide variety of policy communities, professional, academic communities and school communities
and aims to respond to the needs for school leadership policy reflections and planning in a great variety of school systems and traditions.
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.
No single policy analysis approach or policy reflection tool is expected to be perceived as useful by all stakeholders involved, or be relevant to all policy making contexts
and school systems.
Therefore, the School Leadership Toolkit adopts a reflective, critical and argumentative perspective, taking into account different understandings and approaches
to public policy analysis and action.
Purpose and use of the School Leadership Toolkit
The purpose of the School Leadership Toolkit is to provide policy makers, school authorities,
schools, researchers and leadership 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.
The European Policy Network on School Leadership (EPNoSL)
The development of the School Leadership Toolkit for equity and learning is based on the results of the activities undertaken by the European Policy Network on School Leadership (EPNoSL)
Since 2011 EPNoSL has grown into a wide network of stakeholders from more 42 European institutions
. It has been joined by several Ministries of Education across Europe,
research and academic institutions, agencies responsible for the preparation and professional development
of school leaders, and national and Europe-wide associations of school leaders, teachers and parents.