Teachers and School Leaders

There are more than 5 million teachers in Europe. The knowledge, skills and attitudes of each of them are of great importance, and the quality of their teaching has a direct effect upon learners' outcomes. At the same time, the demands made on teachers are increasing and changing, which means that they need support to continuously develop their own knowledge and skills. It is therefore essential that they receive professional development of the highest quality, starting from Initial Teacher Education, through early career support for novice teachers and followed by opportunities for Continuing Professional Development throughout their careers.

Leadership has a vital role to play in creating the conditions for success at all levels of education and training systems. School leaders – which does not just mean head teachers – have a key role in forging effective links between schools, different levels of education and training, families, and the world of work and the local community, all with a common aim of raising learner attainment.

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