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Column Clive Byrne

The International Confederation of Principals held a conference in Helsinki in August 2015. The Presidents of ICP, Ari Pokka and of ESHA, Clive Byrne made a joint presentation on the role they see for a professional leadership focused association in education policy.

ESHA President, Clive Byrne highlighted the fact that ESHA is an association of associations representing school leaders in over 30 countries. The ‘raison d’etre’ of ESHA is to provide a forum where views on education matters can be discussed and developed and where best practices for innovative education can be identified and disseminated as well as promoted among the education partners.

Given the education is a national competence rather than a European one, a key task must be to seek to influence policy in the European Commission to promote teaching as a career and to raise national and international education standards. ESHA fully supports the Commission as it seeks to improve school retention rates, encourage national governments to reduce early school dropout and develop effective strategies to tackle areas of social disadvantage. These Europe wide goals need to be implemented at national level but as we’ve seen recently when dealing with refugee and migrants issues, national interests may not be in line with wider European interests. ESHA seeks to break down barriers by promoting exchanges and fostering closer collaboration between individual schools and member associations.

As an umbrella body representing nearly 40 individual associations what type of areas should ESHA highlight as worthy of attention and what types of policies should associations like ours seek to influence?

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