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. Additionally, participants are invited to attend a short webinar that will be arranged on 21 June.

You can follow the course at your own pace. The only deadline you need to pay attention to is for the final peer assessment assignment. The language of communication is English.

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List of modules


Start date: 21/06/2021 12:00

Module 1: The Leader and Leadership

Start date: 21/06/2021 12:00

Module 2: The Leader, the Team and Leadership

Start date: 21/06/2021 12:00

Module 3: Innovation: from Ideas to Planning and Implementation

Start date: 28/06/2021 12:00

Module 4: Construction of an Innovation Plan

Start date: 28/06/2021 12:00

Peer Assessment and Evaluation

Start date: 28/06/2021 12:00


Considering that this course has a predefined number of seats, you will need to submit your application by Wednesday 16 June. Please bear in mind that you should clearly indicate why you are interested in joining this course.

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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 runs 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 is 1 hour a day, for a total of 10 hours.

Target audience

This course is 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.


You will receive a course badge and a course certificate if you complete the full course: this means you have to visit all sections and complete the final peer assessment activity before the deadline.

All badges can be exported to the Badgr Backpack.

Course Moderator

Luis Fernandes