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About the project

The European Policy Network on School Leadership (EPNoSL) is a partner-run consortium created in 2011 in response to the increasing European focus on school leaders’ professional development, including preparation and selection of school leaders. EPNoSL aims at improving policy and practice on school leadership in Europe. To this effect a collaborative network in which members co-construct, manage and share knowledge has been set up.

EPNoSL has grown into a network of stakeholders from 42 European based institutions. EPNoSL partners include academic and other experts engaged in key thematic areas, education ministries and other policymakers, as well as professional associations at national, regional and European levels. In addition, research and capacity-building actors serve a fundamental role in enabling and facilitating meaningful exchanges among partners, as well as evaluation and dissemination of findings.

The EPNoSL partnership engages in diverse activities resulting in the production of different types of resources on school leadership, among which are a toolkit on school leadership for equity and learning, a series of webinars, literature reviews, papers and research reports.

EPNoSL has initiated learning exchange events with the participation of a wider community of stakeholders. It has also set up smaller national networks of stakeholders functioning as “National Policy Networks” and has launched an international online forum,while it annually organizes two European Peer Learning Activity Events.




The work carried out by EPNoSL is partly financed by a four-year grant (2011-2014) from the European Commission, Directorate-General for Education and Culture (Grant Agreement - EAC-2010-1388/1), within the framework of the Lifelong Learning Programme.


On the behalf of the European Policy Network on School Leadership partnership.


Dr. Kathy Kikis-Papadakis

Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH)

Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics (IACM)

Educational Research and Evaluation Division