School leadership for systemic improvement: Communities of schools in Flanders, Belgium

Christopher Day, Rapporteur, Jorunn Moller, Deborah Nusche, Beatriz Pont
This report is part of a larger OECD study exploring school leadership policy issues. It aims to provide information and analysis on the Flemish “communities of schools”, a particular Flemish approach to school leadership for systemic improvement. These communities are voluntary collaborative partnerships between schools. The government's objective when establishing communities of schools was to make schools work in collaboration to enhance student guidance systems, lessen the managerial-administrative burden on headteachers to allow more focus on pedagogical leadership, increase the use of ICT, and rationalise resources through collaboration on staff recruitment and course supply. The Flemish communities of schools were selected by the OECD Improving School Leadership activity as an innovative example of school leadership cooperation for improved schooling outcomes. This report is based on a study visit to Flemish Belgium, organised by the Flemish Ministry of Education upon request by the OECD. The case study visit included meetings with a range of stakeholders in Brussels and two site visits. The report provides an overview of the reasons for exploring the Flemish approach to school leadership, describes the broader context within which the communities of schools operate, defines the communities of schools as a systems innovation and provides examples, analyses the practice in terms of constructs and impact, and ends with some recommendations as to how they can be made sustainable.
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