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Training Programme for Future School Leaders (TrainLead)
Start date: Nov 1, 2016, End date: Dec 31, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The TrainLead project joins the efforts of 7 organizations from 6 European countries (BG, RO, EL, TR, UK and ES), representing diverse stakeholders in the field of school education - secondary school, regional education authority, business training company, education event’s organiser, VET training centre and a youth association. Our partnership would like to enhance training provision of future school leaders, starting from South Eastern Europe (Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece and Romania) and expanding across whole Europe. Our main objectives are to:- design learning outcomes framework in school leadership;- develop a 5-month multilingual training programme in educational leadership and an online multilingual community learning space for supporting the training process;- train 10 online mentors from 6 partner countries to support the implementation of the training programme;- engage 20 senior teachers from Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece and Romania in a 5-month pilot test of the training programme;- disseminate project activities and results across teachers’ communities in the 6 partner countries through a series of demonstrative events and social media campaigns.Our main target group are senior teachers, who possess potential, competences and experience to be quickly trained for school management positions and adopt the educational leadership paradigm, needed for handling current and future challenges faced by schools and school education systems in general. Our training programme for future school leaders embraces innovation in several dimensions:- Training contents: will integrate all topics and concepts such as Learning-centred leadership, Distributed leadership, Community and Network leadership with additional emphasis on the role of school leader as a coach for high achievements, networker and system thinker. The training knowledge base will reflect a cross-sectoral perspective on learning management (school education, VET, non-formal learning (youth) and the world of business).- Learning methods: will combine online education, self-directed learning, mentor support and peer collaboration. In addition, the whole process will be based on project-based learning concept. The future school leaders will have to engage in real leadership tasks during their training, which will allow for direct application of new knowledge acquired. - Follow-up: the online learning space will serve as a virtual community for exchange of know-how and provide mutual mentoring on school leaderships issues with school leaders on national and European levels, which will ensure continuous development of participants after their graduation. It will act as a self-developing professional development platform.Our main intellectual outputs (training programme, online learning space and policy recommendations) will have the following quality effects (intangible results) as follows: * Senior teachers involved in the focus groups will improve their understanding of educational leadership topic and develop a comparative perspective on its applications in different national contexts across Europe.* Senior teachers involved in the testing edition of the training programmes will develop or improve their knowledge, skills and attitude in the field of educational leadership.* Senior teachers reached with dissemination activities will improve their awareness on the topic of educational leadership and the prospects/benefits of engaging in a school management role.* Staff members of the participating organizations engaged as online mentors will raise their knowledge on the topics of educational leadership, online learning processes and the role of mentoring support.* Staff members of partner organizations in general will yield knowledge on international know-how in the field of educational leadership and improve their skills in development of online educational innovations.* Other training providers will be offered new concepts and methods for delivering educational leadership programs on both national and transnational level, which they can use for the development of their own training provision portfolios. * Decision makers will be provided with evidence base for conducting successful reforms in the field of school staff qualifications and preparation (initial and continuous training).The new approaches implemented by educational leaders trained within our programme will lead in the long run to better educational achievements of students, low rates of early school leavers and rising motivation for higher education enrollment, moving education systems closer to Europe 2020 targets.
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