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.
Who is the toolkit for?

Who is the toolkit for?

  • Those involved in educational policy who are responsible for or influence leadership development and school improvement in school education
  • Those leading change in schools, including headteachers, principals and others in leadership roles within schools
  • The research/academic communities interested to work on key school leadership areas that are of high interest both to policy making communities and to school leaders
  • The developers/providers of school leadership training programmes, focusing to support school leaders on how to create school cultures that value diversity, combat exclusion, and promote fairness and high learning achievement.
  • What is the toolset for? Photo by  Bogdan Suditu (https://www.flickr.com/photos/bogdansuditu/2377844553/)

    What is the toolkit for?

  • To help you learn about school leadership for equity and learning
  • To stimulate reflection leading to practical ideas for supporting and developing school leadership policies for equity and learning in schools, in ways relevant to your policy context
  • What’s in it?

    What’s in it?

  • There are 9 toolsets focusing on a wide range of policy areas and policy approaches that support reflection and policy planning on school leadership for equity and learning
  • The toolsets include textual and audio-visual materials designed to support the development of a better understanding of a specific school leadership policy area or approach (e.g. through definitions, good practice examples, etc)
  • Include maps depicting the status of EU countries on various indicators related to school leadership policies (e.g. school autonomy)
  • Offer tools for organizing reflective activities on a wide range of issues related to school leadership
  • Provide recommendations on how to promote school leadership policies on equity and learning
  • Provide resources for further reading
  • The School Leadership Toolkit is going beyond one-size-fits-all solutions to place-based solutions that are context-sensitive and take into account the existing state of school leadership policy development in each EU Member State as well as their specific needs, constraints, and potentials.

    How might it be used

    To share knowledge and expertise about:

    Reflect upon

    Study the toolkit materials (texts, videos, diagrams, maps etc) and use its tools to reflect upon:
  • State-of-the-art research results on school leadership for equity and learning
  • Good policy practices in promoting school leadership capacity aiming to address challenges of equity and learning in schools
  • How you might support the development of school leadership policies for equity and learning in a school, a number of schools or across a school system
  • To use it as a resource about:

    Kick-start dialogue

    Use it to kick-start dialogue, as a resource with colleagues to develop ideas together about:
  • Your understandings of school leadership for equity and learning
  • Practical changes you can make to support the development of school leadership for equity and learning in a school, a number of schools or across a school system
  • To stimulate ideas on. Photo by  Joe Loong, See http://www.flickr.com/photos/joelogon/5001595933/in/photostream/

    Stimulate ideas

    Select the toolsets (or parts of them) most relevant to your concerns and context to stimulate ideas on:
  • How school leadership might be of help to promote equity and learning
  • How in your context school leadership for equity and learning can be developed and supported