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The first group school leaders is in place

News: Sep 10, 2015

The first group of the 115 students accepted into the newly established National School Leadership Training Programme at the University of Gothenburg were initiated in September during a three-day long residential orientation session in Aspenäsgården in Lerum. Under expert leadership, the new preschool directors and head teachers were guided into the first course "School and Education Law and the Exercise of Official Authority", which is both a fundamental and multifaceted subject relevant to active school leaders.

The programme is organised as two residential sessions per
term, both taking place over the course of three days. The
programme includes the three courses of School and Education
Law and the Exercise of Official Authority; Goals and Performance
Management; and School and Education Leadership.
Eight departments within three faculties at the University of
Gothenburg are jointly working with the programme.
At the residential session in September, David Ryffé of the
Department of Law at the School of Business, Economics, and
Law lectured on “The Right to an Education” and “From the
Child’s Perspective – Perspective on Children.”
Two recently appointed head teachers from Motala, Helena
and Sanja Sevic, endorse the proposition that the
head teacher’s roles and responsibilities often involve difficult
and serious issues concerning the exercise of official authority
and the heavy responsibility placed on the individual sitting in
the head teacher’s chair.
“The advantage of having worked as a head teacher for a
while is that I have experienced a number of events and incidents
myself. Using these, I can participate in our discussions
here in a different way than would have been the case if I were
entirely new to the role as a head teacher. Certainly, there have
been incidents where I have not had full comprehension of
the situation, but then I sought assistance from the municipality’s
lawyer when this has been necessary during my first year
as head teacher,” reports Helena Mellberg who is the Head
Teacher for the F–6 schools Nykyrka School and Godegårds
School in Motala.
Sanja Sevic, head teacher of Södra School, the upper secondary
school in Motala, thinks that the programme started out brilliantly.
“The lectures succeed in tying up and connecting together the
different aspects of head teachers’ everyday lives. It was a very
promising start.”

Good reputation associated with the programme

The reason they both chose to seek admittance to the National
School Leadership Training Programme in Gothenburg is that
there is a good reputation associated with the programme. In
addition, Gothenburg and Karlstad are the closest to Motala
geographically, among those who are providing the programme.
On top of that, both of them have relatives who have
studied at the University of Gothenburg and who were very
satisfied with their experience.
Since the start of the autumn term, the University of Gothenburg
has been one of the educational institutions offering
the educational experience provided to head teachers by the
national government’s new Head Teacher Programme. The
programme is being offered over the next six years at six institutions
of higher education on behalf of the Swedish National
Agency for Education. It is a form of professional job training
for head teachers, deputy heads, and preschool directors who
work in curriculum-driven activities, and it is a mandatory
education and training for newly employed head teachers and
encompasses 30 HE credits over three years.


Originally published on: uf.gu.se

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