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This is the position paper on distributed school leadership that was adopted bu the European School Heads Association (ESHA) during the conference of the association in Edinburgh.

Education is a core part of our societies and there is growing agreement that knowledge from research should play a crucial role in improving educational practice and informing education policy. How potential users, such as teachers and policy makers, can best engage with, and make the most out of, research evidence is, however, less clear. There is no simple, direct line between the production of research and its use.

TALIS asks a representative sample of teachers and schools in each country about their working conditions and the learning environments. TALIS aims to provide valid, timely and comparable information to help countries review and define policies for developing a high-quality teaching profession. It is an opportunity for teachers and school leaders to provide input into educational policy analysis and development in key areas.

The IGUANA project focuses on schools that want to innovate but encounter resistance to change. The project will help schools to establish an open and creative environment in which students, staff and management feel safe and secure to share their ideas, learn from each other and grow.

The IGUANA project brings together partners from different backgrounds and locations throughout Europe. The partnership involves:

In the April 2014 issue of the newsletter:

  • Maximizing the impact of cultural diplomacy in EU foreign policy    
  • EU programmes to support higher education in Africa    
  • Culture needs more support to reap benefits of the digital revolution    
  • Education is the only way out of poverty and exclusion for Roma

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Early 2014 the Secondary Education Council of the Netherlands (VO-raad), the European Federation of Education Employers (EFEE) and the European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) launched their European project on “Professional autonomy, accountability and efficient leadership – and the role of employers’ organisations, trade unions and school leaders in international perspective”. The project is furthermore supported by the Ministry for Education and Employment of Malta, the Local Government Association of the UK and the General Trade Union for Education of the Netherlands (AOB).

The latest edition of the Blognotions Leadership newsletter focuses on the training and development of leaders. It included articles tacking the question of how are organizations evolving their learning strategies and practices to meet growing global development needs.

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The latest edition of the L&W Newsletter focuses on transnational research activities in the field of human resource development (HRD) and vocational education and training (VET), centred on major categories: conferences, networks, programmes, projects and publications. Many thanks to all who contributed information for this edition of the Newsletter!

Highlights of the February 2014 newsletter include:

  • SIRIUS Reports and News
  • Upcoming Events
  • SIRIUS and EU Documents
  • SIRIUS Interviews
  • Links to good practices in migrant education

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In the February 2014 issue:

  • Lack of choice driving demand for film downloads
  • Commission proposes new priorities for Sport
  • EU Education Council
  • Commissioner Vassiliou at the 9th International Congress of Higher Education in Havana, Cuba
  • Education and creativity are key to innovation and employment