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European School Heads Association

The European School Heads Association (ESHA), is a professional organisation for European school heads. Members of ESHA are national organisations for school heads, deputy heads and school leaders within primary and secondary education. Nearly all European countries (both EU and non-EU) are represented within ESHA by one or more organisations. ESHA is an international community in which experiences, visions and views between the members are exchanged and within which new ideas are born.

ESHA interactive website and magazine

There are now more and more global readers who are interested in networking to exchange best practice in school leadership. ESHA offers membership to a worldwide platform to exchange articles, research, opinions and knowledge. They are only able to do this because the ESHA now has a full partnership agreement with funding support from the European Commission. This agreement is to help deliver a high-standard publication and service to members through their interactive website and magazine which is translated into English, French, German, Italian and French.  

Aims for ESHA 

  • discussing and developing views within the ESHA membership on innovative education and on school leadership;

  • promoting these views on the European level;

  • influencing the policy of the European institutions (commission, parliament);

  • promoting international exchange and cooperation;

  • supporting the member organisations to play their role on the national level; and

  • emphasizing the particular role of the school head and promoting conditions that improve the quality of school leadership.

Ways to attain these aims

ESHA will involve all possible means to achieve the aims that are mentioned above. Each year the intended actions are stated in a working plan. In general, however, the means are:

  • Vision papers
    ESHA publishes vision papers on important issues in international education.

  • Conferences
    ESHA organizes various meetings and one big conference every two years. NAHT sent a full delegation to the ESHA 2014 conference in Dubrovnik.

  • International Projects
    ESHA participates in European projects on issues like school leadership, staff training, multimedia and ICT and so on. 

  • External Contacts
    ESHA is in permanent contact with other relevant actors like the European Commission, European Parliament, and other international organisations. 

  • Communication
    ESHA promotes communication and exchange between its members.

ESHA aims to  meet and bring together the best of European school leadership – as an association of associations the clearest aim is "to identify, share and promote best practice in school leadership…"