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Leading schools into the future


BRUGES (Belgium)

26-30 November 2018


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This course is run in collaboration with ALMADAFORMA, School’s Training Centre of Almada.
Rua projetada V à rua da Urraca,
2825-105 Almada
PIC 945946911


21st century schools need new leadership: moving from hierarchical top down leadership to inspirational leadership, engaging teachers
into self-steering learning groups. How to initiate innovative leadership and how to cope with volatile and rapidly changing contexts? How to turn resistance into constructive energy? Do you know how to SCRUM in education? The course provides insights and methodologies for school leaders in schools facing challenging transitions!


Changing paradigms for education challenge school leaders to engage into transition management.
We live in volatile and rapidly changing realities; demands on quality and sustainability are high.
What urgencies are school leaders facing when we consider 21st century schools?
What kind of leadership do we need to guide schools through those transitions?

This course focuses on new leadership for schools. We approach different elements of new leadership especially for schools in transition
towards future education.

Thematic approach:    

  • Theme 1: personal authentic leadership as key talent
  • Theme 2: changing leadership for changing school systems
  • Theme 3: leadership for change: transition management and quality management
  • Theme 4: leadership and self-regulating teams
  • Theme 5: leadership vs resistance and group dynamics

Topics of the course: authentic leadership, competing values for leadership, school system thinking, transition management, strategic thinking, self-regulating teams, SCRUM, resistance and group dynamics, EFQM, educational changes, GERM, OECD models for the future…

Working methods:

Interactive sessions, co creation time, collaborations, discussions, presentations, school visits…

AcQuired competences

  • Participants acquire insights and skills for leadership for the future in educational environments;
  • Participants experience cooperative and co-creative working to
    design future schools and the strategies to achieve strategic goals;
  • Participants get motivated by inspiring good practices on new leadership;
  • Participants get knowledge and skills on implementation and innovation processes;
  • Participants build up awareness of the need of change in connection to educational quality;
  • Participants build up awareness of the power of professional learning;
  • Participants pick up ideas from other countries in order to incorporate and transfer into local context.
  • Participants learn to set up an operation plan imbedded in an holistic quality structure.

Feedback from participants

  • I was in some projects before, but this course was the best. You are the best team! Thanks very much for all!
  • I recognized a lot of things in it and it was good to hear about it in a structured way. Well done!
  • The master classes were great, enthusiastic participation of all.
  • I will advice colleagues to attend this course next year: yes 97%
  • Every course brought my some new ideas, great ones and little ones.



The seminar is organized in Bruges (Belgium).
The historic center of Bruges has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000 thanks to its status as one of the commercial and cultural capitals of Europe and its enduring Gothic architecture.


- We offer a flexible cost structure, allowing you to select the package that fits best your personal or school situation.
- For a detailed explanation, have a look at our 'Cost Structure'.

- You can request an Erasmus Plus grant from your national agency which will cover almost all costs of this course.
- We can guide you through the process of funding and application. To do so, you need the make a pre-registration.
- After pre-registration, we’ll contact you by mail and provide the application help.



There is a very easy access from Brussels Airport-Zaventem to the city of Bruges. The train station is located on level -1 of the terminal, at a small distance from the arrivals hall. Travel time from the airport to Bruges: 90 minutes.


Don't hesitate to contact us if you need more information on the content and the organization of the course.
We can provide support during the process, give some help and provide tips for the application documents, advice you on the European Staff Development Plan (part of the application) or your professionalization plan and help you after approval with the practical arrangements (e.g. information on travel and accommodation).

For more information, please contact Mr Peter van de Moortel, course director.