This course has been developed by Luis Fernandes, Director do CFAE-PVVC in close collaboration with the School Education Gateway:

The general aim of this Short Online Course is to provide a sound understanding of the role of School Leadership in promoting School Innovation.

  • By establishing a common understanding on what school leadership is, we will identify the essential characteristics that school leaders should have in a fast-paced and ever-changing world.
  • We will then explore how school leaders can promote innovation that can be contextualised in teams and therefore foster shared leadership practices and encourage an innovative mindset.
  • The course will also provide you practical support in terms of identifying the structure of an innovation plan, along with other data gathering tools that will assist you in your role.

Each of the four modules consists of multimedia resources and discussion around these, practical tasks using a range of digital tools, forums, and discussion activities, as well as a further reading section with extra resources.

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List of modules

Module 1: The Leader and Leadership

Start date: 21/06/2021 12:00

End date: 31/12/2032 23:59

Module 2: The Leader, the Team and Leadership

Start date: 21/06/2021 12:00

End date: 31/12/2032 23:59

Module 3: Innovation: from Ideas to Planning and Implementation

Start date: 28/06/2021 12:00

End date: 31/12/2032 23:59

Module 4: Construction of an Innovation Plan and Peer Assessment

Start date: 28/06/2021 12:00

End date: 31/12/2032 23:59

This course has concluded!

The course content remains available for perusal to alumnae and alumni.

If you were a course participant, you can access the modules, however, it is no longer possible to take part in the final mandatory activity.

Please note that user support for this course is no longer provided.

To join the course, please first register or log in to the School Education Gateway.

Start date

Monday, 21 June 2021

End date

Monday, 5 July 2021


The course ran for 2 weeks with a total number of 4 modules, including an extra optional weekend for submitting the required assignment at the end of the course. The estimated workload was 1 hour a day, for a total of 10 hours.

Target audience

This course was addressed to formal and informal leaders interested in exploring an innovative leadership approach, and introducing a mindset for innovation within their school. Additionally, the course might be also of interest to schoolteachers interested in the topic.


A course badge and a course certificate were awarded upon completion of the course, including the final peer assessment activity before the deadline 5 July 2021.

All badges can be exported to the Badgr Backpack.

Course Moderator

Luis Fernandes