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International Successful School Principalship Project (ISSPP)

The ISSPP is the largest and most sustained network on research on successful school principalship. To find out more about the project use this link to open the ISSPP brochure (PDF).

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International Successful School Principalship Project

It began in 2001 with a meeting called by its founder and current co-ordinator, Professor Christopher Day at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. Representatives from eight nations agreed to create a range of case studies that would examine successful school principalships in Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, England, Norway, Sweden and the United States. The network now involves twenty seven in active research and continues to grow.

The origin and methodology of the ISSPP lay in an earlier study of English schools (Day, Harris, Hadfield, Tolley & Beresford 2000) that included:

  1. data collected from multiple perspectives, i.e., head teachers, deputy heads, governors, parents, students, support staff and teachers;
  2. comparisons of effective leadership in diverse contexts ranging from small primary schools to large urban secondary schools; and
  3. the identification of personal qualities and professional competencies generic to effective school leaders.
Published Oct. 6, 2010 7:35 AM - Last modified Sep. 28, 2022 9:28 AM


Christopher Day, UK

Contacts Norway: 

Ruth Jensen
National Co-ordinator & Steering Group
Ann Elisabeth Gunnulfsen
Membership Secratary & Steering Group