The ET2020 Working Group on Schools has just published the third in a series of reports on the governance of school education. In this new report the Group identifies examples of policies and initiatives from across Europe that are aimed at raising quality and equity in school education by supporting teachers and school leaders in their daily practice and professional development.
The report sets out nine broad 'Guiding Principles' for policy development in school education, which are illustrated with almost 60 policy examples from more than 30 European countries and networks.
The report is the result of joint peer learning by European education ministries and stakeholder organisations, including a Peer Learning Activity hosted by the Flemish Ministry for Education and Training in May 2017. Based on the examples gathered, the Working Group presents a set of measures for consideration by policy-makers who wish to strengthen the governance of school education systems.
The concept of the school as a learning organisation helps envision the context in which teachers and school leaders (should) work. Linking individual action with that of teams and organisation-wide practices these efforts taken together create an organic “learning culture”, characterised by a shared ethos of team working and the goal of fostering professional learning.
The report touches upon a wide range of policies to support this, for example:
- Boosting continuing professional development for teachers and school leaders through school-based learning and large-scale initiatives
- Setting expectations through standards for the teaching profession
- Involving stakeholders to increase coherence of policies
- Recognising special expertise and competence within school teams
- Supporting teacher-led research projects
- Setting up national support structures and mentoring for school leaders
- Involving schools and their staff in broad partnerships for school reform
Read the full report