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Effective school leadership has a positive  impact  on student  achievement,  teaching  quality  and staff  motivation. Research evidence shows that if leadership is based on a vision that can be shared by all staff, parents and stakeholders, it also plays a crucial role for school development and innovation.  Sharing leadership roles and responsibilities among a wider group of staff, and involving parents and pupils, has a positive impact on schools. 

The Shared Leadership & School Development course therefore explores how school leaders, teachers, and others can support the development of a distributed leadership approach at school level. The course defines distributed leadership and why it is an effective leadership model for schools before going into details and examples of developing such a model at school level. As part of this, the course focuses in particular on the concept of teacher leadership and highlights examples of involving families, students, and partner schools in the shaping of a school. 

You will gain key theoretical understanding about the concept of distributed leadership and its benefits as well as practical examples of how to implement it. Furthermore, you will evaluate the situation at your own school, actively discuss and exchange on how distributed leadership could be implemented at your school and prepare a development plan identifying next steps to move to a distributed leadership approach at your school or further develop a distributed leadership approach already applied at your school.  

While it is possible to complete the course as an individual, it is highly recommended to find partners inside (and even outside) your school who you can take the course with together. If you are a school leader we recommend you to assemble a team of colleagues who jointly follow this course and locally discuss the implementation of the ideas covered on the course. More information on how to go about taking the course as a school team is provided in the course introduction section. 

The course makes extensive use of the work done by the European Policy Network on School Leadership (EPNoSL) in the form of the School Leadership Toolkit. Much of the course content is derived from this Toolkit or has been adapted with the support of EPNoSL members.

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List of modules

Course Introduction

Start date: 21/01/2019 12:14

End date: 05/07/2025 23:59

Module 1: Distributed Leadership Module 1: Distributed Leadership

Start date: 21/01/2019 12:14

End date: 05/07/2025 12:04

Module 2: Developing Distributed Leadership Module 2: Developing Distributed Leadership

Start date: 06/06/2017 10:00

End date: 05/07/2025 14:00

Module 3: Teacher Leadership Module 3: Teacher Leadership

Start date: 12/06/2017 13:15

End date: 05/07/2025 23:59

Module 4: Involving School Stakeholders Module 4: Involving School Stakeholders

Start date: 19/06/2017 12:30

End date: 05/07/2025 23:59

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

Start date

Monday, 29th May 2017


The course will cover four modules over a period of 6 weeks. Estimated workload for participation in this course is 4 hours per week.

Target audience

Anyone interested in or currently responsible in a leader role within a school. This includes not only head teachers but also teachers active in development of school practices. The course will be of interest to current school leaders, those aspiring to become school leaders as well as anyone else who has an interest in shaping their school. Participation of teachers, school support staff, parents, and external school partners is encouraged. Participants are encouraged to form school groups to take the course together and discuss local implementation of the course ideas. No prior knowledge is necessary but active involvement in a school is recommended.


You will receive digital module badges for every completed module of the course as well as a course badge and a course certificate upon completion of the full course. All badges can be exported to the Mozilla Badge Backpack.

Course Moderators

Benjamin Hertz
Nair Carrera
Rita Zurrapa