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“Making policy and implementing it together is not always evident in our educational landscape. After all, we often have the feeling that we are on an island and that decisions are being made over our heads. At the request of various directors and managers within education, a new association was therefore established at the end of 2014, the Association of Flemish Education Managers (VLVO). The objective of the association is to represent the interests of the managers of education, without distinction of network or level. Our association wants to raise the voice of all managers from primary, secondary and part-time art education in various public and political forums. Every director has an interest in raising awareness among the government in order to optimally ensure the preconditions for our Flemish education. The VLVO defends the interests of its members with the government by closely following educational news. The VLVO informs its members in a timely manner about its educational standpoints and puts them forward in the education committee by participating in hearings. Pluralism, solidarity, independence, advice and support are our greatest assets. The VLVO faces a broad and varied assignment: professionalization of directors and policy supporters, coupled with the ambition to become not only an informal but also a formal discussion partner of the government. We work strongly on communication, both to members and to the media, in order to initiate a social debate.”




“Its main objectives are to create a level playing field for quality education for all children, to establish a global network of schools for exchange of good practices and innovations, to support national education priorities.                                             Mission of the Foundation World Education Forum Bulgaria:
Creating of a communication platform, participation in global networks, support of scientific research and qualification of teaching specialists, development of standards, initiation of educational policies to achieve the objectives of the Foundation.
Establishing contacts and interactions with other national and international organizations with similar activity, organization of information, communication and socializing campaigns, development and implementation of projects with national and international funding. ”




The Croatian Association of Primary School Principlas was founded in 1995 in Zagreb.
The aims of The Association are:
– Impovement of primary education in The Republic of Croatia
– cooperation with the Ministry of Science and Education and all other relevant educational institutions on state and local level
– cooperation on issues of financing primary education
– participation in drafting legal and subordinate acts
– advocacy of the interests of The Association (legal status of members)
– cooperation with schools in the country and abroad
– organization of seminars, conferences and experts meetings
– cooperation with public media ( press, radio, TV)



POED – Cyprus Primary School Heads Association
POED stands for Pancyprian Organization of Greek Teachers which is the Primary School Teachers Union in Cyprus.

Contact: Constantinos Michael


“Cyprus Primary School Heads Association, functions under the Primary Organization of Greek Teachers – POED.
The primary aim of our Association is to promote both professional development of our members and to promote good practices for leadership. As an association with professional orientation, our association represents heads’ voice to teachers union and to educational authorities. To achieve its goals, the association works in coordination with the teachers union (POED) where all primary headteachers are members.

POED (primary Greek teachers’ union in Cyprus) is both a professional Organization and a Union.
The POED aims to achieve:

– the upgrading of Education and Teachers
– the promotion and safeguarding of the professional interests of its members
– securing and providing members with professional, social and economic benefits
– the well-being of its members and the overall improvement in their living conditions
– the achievement of national, Christian, social and spiritual advancement of its members
– the promotion of the principles of liberty, peace and democracy and the consolidation of civil and political freedoms and rights.

In order to achieve the above objectives, the POED cooperates with the other educational organizations of Cyprus, coordinating with these views and positions on issues of common interest, while maintaining close links with the Greek Teaching Federation (IOC). In addition, PDOA is an active member of Education International and ETUCE (European Trade Union Committee for Education) at European level. Following the accession of Cyprus to United Europe on 1 May 2004, the PDOE became a member of the ETUCE with the capability to vote and vote in the Executive Board of the Organization.”




“Among other things, the school leader association works to improve the members’ pay and working conditions, to provide members with qualified sparring, advice and guidance on both pedagogical and professional issues and to ensure professional case processing – also in person cases.

Therefore, we also want to promote the members’ opportunities for qualified education and training and to support the members in the best possible way of managing the task.

As a member you can at any time contact the school leader’s secretariat and get advice with management angles – whether it is a concrete problem or need for sparring on general management issues.”



Danske Gymnasier is an association for the public high schools and 2-year courses and handles the sector’s educational policy interests and serves the schools.

Danske Gymnasier is an interest organization for the general high schools and hf courses in Denmark. It is the association’s task to safeguard the interests of the upper secondary sector in relation to legislators, authorities and the other stakeholders in the sector. The goal is to provide the general high schools with the best possible framework conditions, including that there is a connection between funding and cost level.

Danske Gymnasier also supports the operation of upper secondary schools in a number of key areas within personnel law, finance and HR.

The association has a special task in maintaining the cohesion in the sector and supporting cooperation across the schools. It is an independent goal for the association to promote the dissemination of experience and to jointly further develop the quality and relevance of the education offering as well as an effective school operation.



The business school leaders at DJØF are, as the name implies, a management association, which belongs to “public” managers in DJØF.
The association is typical of directors, managers and senior staff at institutions with vocational training and upper secondary education.

With the groundbreaking collective bargaining result in 2018, when a joint executive pay agreement was created across the education sector, and where DJØF formally became part of the contractual organizations, EiD’s largest goal has been reached.

Against this background, we have a completely new starting point in relation to being able to handle the interests of the business school leaders and seek influence in relation to creating the best possible conditions for managers in the sector regardless of position.

It also means that the association is in the process of a transformation, where member involvement is an important part and where we as an association must find new ways in relation to the association’s purpose.




Finland has gained international publicity from its high ranking positions in the OECD PISA student assessments. There are many peculiarities in the Finnish educational system. One of them is the large number of very small senior secondary schools. More than half of the Finnish senior secondary schools have less than 200 students, mostly in rural and scattered settlements across the countryside.

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Suomen Rehtorit ry is a professional lobbying organization for senior positions in schools, colleges and educational activities. Its tasks are to promote the professional development of its members and to contribute to the development of the working conditions and remuneration of the principals. The Finnish Rector’s Association is involved in the preparation and implementation of national and international education policies. There are already over 1,200 members in the Finnish Rectors’ Association and our regional activities take place through 22 local member associations.




The European Association of School Heads is present in most European countries, whether or not members of the EU, and aims to connect school leaders with differences in cultures and school systems to enrich the experiences and knowledge of others for the benefit of younger generations.



“Independence and Direction aims:

– to promote the quality and efficiency of the public service of education and in particular of its educational and training establishments
– to gather and support the management personnel, to defend their professional, collective or individual, material and moral interests notably by working for the improvement of their working conditions
– to constitute within the educational system a reflection and proposal group attached to republican and secular values
– to develop among its members a spirit of mutual assistance, friendship and mutual understanding.”




The European Association of School Heads is present in most European countries, whether or not members of the EU, and aims to connect school leaders with differences in cultures and school systems to enrich the experiences and knowledge of others for the benefit of younger generations.



“The School Board Association NRW (SLV NRW) is the association of school leaders and their deputies as well as all those responsible for school leadership tasks in North Rhine-Westphalia.

The association takes up the specific interests of its members and represents them towards politics and society.

The cooperation with national and international school management organizations provides comprehensive insights and opens up possibilities of the
To benefit from the experience of other countries and to set impulses for your own work.

School leaders design schools as a lively and timely place to live and study for children and adolescents, giving them the skills and abilities they need to lead an independent and responsible life.

As head teachers, we make sure that school offers experience and test rooms that lead to success and success. This applies to all parties involved in the education and training process.

For this reason, as the NRW School Leadership Association, we participate in framework conditions that ensure our demands for constructive and responsible participation in decision-making processes.

We welcome the school board members of all school types and invite them to cooperate.”




“The National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) is the professional association for all second level school leaders in Ireland. NAPD provides a united voice for its members on issues of common concern.

NAPD is represented on relevant local, regional, national and international bodies. The Association represents the views of school leaders and shows leadership in the formulation of education policy. The key priority is to enable school leaders to be leaders of learning in their school.

Members of NAPD are also members of the European School Heads Association and the International Confederation of Principals.”

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“The National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) is the professional association for all second level school leaders in Ireland. NAPD provides a united voice for its members on issues of common concern.

NAPD is represented on relevant local, regional, national and international bodies. The Association represents the views of school leaders and shows leadership in the formulation of education policy. The key priority is to enable school leaders to be leaders of learning in their school.

Members of NAPD are also members of the European School Heads Association and the International Confederation of Principals.”




“ANP is the most ancient and important school heads association and union in Italy.

Founded in 1987, it gathers the majority of Italian school leaders, and, since 2002, also deputy heads and members of staff.

ANP is an active member in ESHA since its foundation.

ANP is active in many different fields:
– gives legal advice to its members
– provides counselling in professional issues and insurance against professional risks
– runs in service training courses for heads and teachers
– delivers initial training for teachers willing to candidate as school leaders
– animates debates and diffuses information about school reforms
– influences the policy-makers in educational matters
– runs and updates almost daily a website ( and sends a regular electronic newsletter to a selected mailing list of professionals in education
– promote leadership culture through researches, seminars, and conferences
– leads negotiations with the public powers for improving the work conditions and the wages of the school leaders”




The National Education provides students and teachers with a repository of educational resources that target all branches taught in Luxembourgish schools. The CGIE provides teachers and administrative agents with a wide range of Web applications for the purpose of administrative simplification. National Education offers a set of online services to make administration simpler, more efficient and closer to students, parents and teachers.




“The heads of Lithuanian schools in 1992 organizes a meeting of Lithuanian school leaders, where he establishes the Lithuanian School Leaders Association (LMVA). Its president is Viktor Blinov, the director of Vilnius Baltupiai Secondary School. The association registers the statutes and becomes a voluntary public organization uniting the leaders of all types of schools for the improvement of professional, managerial skills and competences. LMVA is a legal entity with its own budget, stamp, bank accounts and merchandise.

This well-known association of pedagogical community in 1994 becomes a member of the European School Heads Association (ESHA).

Today, the Lithuanian School Association has over 400 heads of Lithuanian schools who meet every year for events organized by the Association Council. The Association gathers leaders for effective and active activities for the implementation of education transformation, carries out research work, disseminates pedagogical experience and shares management knowledge in the Republic and abroad, seeks high management work culture. The organization advises members on various aspects of school organization and defends the rights and interests of their members. School leaders actively participate in municipal activities, working groups of the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Lithuania, and make suggestions on various issues of improvement of school activities.”




“Leaders for leadership, that is our mission. We support this with our vision: learning leadership in every learning community. Our mission and vision are translated in $D- leadership: Duidelijk (clear), Dichtbij (near), Delend (sharing) and Dynamisch (dynamic). Today’s leaders develop a vision and ambitions, they inspire others. The AVS supports leaders in this in the broadest sense of the word, from the classroom to the minister’s lobby. From advocacy to professionalization. And more. For around 4000 school leaders in primary and secondary education.

Activities of the AVS target leadership development and reflect its fundamental right to exist. AVS and school leaders support the promotion and safeguarding of the quality of primary education.
AVS legitimizes itself in the promoting of the interests of school leaders by uniting and representing the relevant schools, leaders and the education as a whole. Together we bear moral and social responsibility for the quality of education.

The AVS will realize this mission now and in the future by providing services to members, with both activities that strengthen the individual position of leaders including development of personal leadership and sets out activities that support the schools management in its performance.”



“The VO-council is an association of schools in secondary education. The council promotes the interests of secondary education in government, politics, business and social organizations.

In addition, the VO-council promotes the quality of education by facilitating school managers and school leaders in fulfilling their duties.

The VO-council represents almost all school boards in the Netherlands and consults with employee organizations about the employment conditions of more than 120,000 staff members.

Our mission:
Good education in which the individual talents of students come into their own and students are prepared for their role in society is an important social good.

The VO-council promotes the quality and development of secondary education in the Netherlands. Leadership and good governance in the school organization are essential for this.

The VO council promotes the common interests of its members and facilitates school managers and leaders in fulfilling their duties.

Our vision
Leadership is essential for promoting the quality of secondary education and the optimal functioning of a school. Administrators and school leaders enable teachers and support staff to do their work well and thereby create the conditions in which students can best come into their own. Without leadership and good governance no good and contemporary education.”




“The Association of School Leaders is a trade union and a professional association for school leaders – principals as well as assistant and deputy heads – and administrators from all areas of education. It is the only organisation organising only pedagogical leaders.

The Association is a member of The Confederation of Vocational Unions (YS), a politically independent umbrella organisation for employees. The Association of School Leaders was founded in 1977.”




Community High School of Serbia as a professional association founded with the aim of performing the following tasks: – Analyze the network of secondary schools and make recommendations for the establishment and abolition of grammar schools in the Republic of Serbia, – Debate on the introduction of new and the abolition of the old educational backgrounds to acquire secondary education in the area of high school, – Criteria for determining how the implementation of graduation and other exams in high schools, – Modernization and improvement recommendations curricula, gymnasium, – Analyzing and proposing norms of space, equipment and teaching resources for high school, – Proposing teaching and extracurricular activities for efficient and rational implementation of curricula in high schools, – Improvement and professional development of teachers in high schools, professional associates and other employees, – Organization of competitions high school students, – Represents the interests of high school to Ministry of education. – The members of the Community are the principals of the Grammar schools. “




The association of directors and heads of kindergartens of Slovenia is a voluntary, professional organization of directors and heads of Slovenian kindergartens. The Association is based on the principles of equality, democracy and volunteering among members who share experiences, visions and attitudes, thus gaining ideas for professional management of kindergartens.



“The Association of Principals of Secondary Schools, Secondary Schools, and Secondary Schools of Slovenia – “”Director”” (hereinafter: the Society) is an association of directors of public secondary schools, colleges and student hostels organized as independent institutions or as organizational units in public institutions or other institutions organizations (hereinafter referred to as “”educational institutions””) and is founded on the basis of the common interests of its members defined in this Act and in accordance with the law.
IN association may also include heads of institutions with concessions and directors of private institutions that implement publicly-recognized programs.
Heads of Slovenian secondary schools and boarding schools in neighboring countries may also join the Society.
DR operates in accordance with the legal order of the Republic of Slovenia and for the benefit of Slovenian education.
The functioning of the society is based on the principle of voluntariness, autonomy, non-profitability, professionalism, conscientiousness, fairness, plurality, not partyism and the public.

The purpose and tasks of the Society are in particular:
• Striving for quality education and professional contributions to ensure the quality development of education,
• sharing experiences, knowledge and attitudes of the members of the society in the pedagogical field of education and experience and positions in the field of management of proposers of regulations in the field of education and thus helping them to better organize the school field,
• advising and assisting directors – members of society in the implementation of adult education and the development of lifelong education in schools,
• the pursuit of the pursuit and carrying out of the pedagogical profession in accordance with the code of teacher professional ethics,
• ensuring participation in the adoption of professional bases for the adoption of regulations in the field of secondary and tertiary education,
• cooperation with all private, governmental and non-governmental organizations and other bodies that can contribute to the full realization of the fundamental goals of society,
• informing the public about work in secondary and higher education, about the positions of school heads on school issues and about the work of the society,
• emphasizing knowledge and education as a value,
• asserting the reputation of professionals in the field of education and, above all, the reputation of the teaching profession and the director,
• developing peer relationships,
• care for the education, upgrading and training of members of the society and professional staff in the field of education,
• representing the professional and social interests of members of the society and providing professional and collegial assistance and support,
• asserting and searching for possibilities for providing conditions for the quality work of members of the society in the field of pedagogical work and management of the institution, ensuring the creative attitude of other educational and educational institutions to the director.”



The main goal of establishing the Union is that schools and boarding schools become interlocutors of the MES and other institutions in the field of education in the development of the school system, and not only obedient performers of the educational process. In order to achieve this objective, of course, there is a need for mutual readiness, with not only a formal signature of a charter of cooperation, but also concrete actions.


Združenje ravnateljev OŠ, GŠ in OŠPP
The Association of principals and heads of elementary and musical education of Slovenia

Contact: Gregor Pečan


The Association of principals and heads of elementary and musical education of Slovenia is a social professional and professional organization of directors and heads of elementary schools, music schools, schools with a tailor made program, institutes and centers for education and training and other educational institutions from Slovenia, which carry out basic education programs .


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“AXIA is a non-profit civil association of people who exercise or have held positions corresponding to the unipersonal governing bodies of the centers that belong to the public education network of Catalonia that aims to be socially recognized as the Catalan association that, With a significant representation, it works for professionalization, and the dignification of the management role of public educational centers.

It is the will of the association to ensure and defend the recognition of directors and management teams, as a fundamental part of the educational system to achieve the quality of public education, to influence and disseminate in society, in the educational community and in the administration From our reflection and critical analysis, our opinions about the importance of school leadership, training and the management and decision-making capacity of management teams as dynamic and excellence factors in the centers.”


FEDADI – Federación de Asociaciones de Directivos de Centros Educativos Públicos / Federation of Associations of Directors of Public Education Centers

Contact: Amparo García Escarabajal


The Spanish Association of School Managers is the umbrella organisation of 17 assorciation in the 17 autonomous regions of Spain.

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ASCL is the leading trade union and professional association for school and college leaders.



“NAHT is democratically shaped and directed by its members.
We speak for school leaders working at every education phase, from early years and primary to secondary, academies and independent schools. And we represent school business leaders and those with responsibility for children with special needs.

We make sure your voice is heard, understood and a catalyst for change in education and at the highest levels of government. “

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