ISSPP began at a meeting of interested parties held at The University of Nottingham, UK in 2001.
those present at the meeting agreed that conducting multi-perspective case studies of schools deemed to be successful in each country would provide valuable evidence, which would contribute to knowledge about the principalship and help inform policy and practice.
The project was the first of its kind. It has resulted in a comprehensive picture of the characteristics and strategies of successful school leaders in primary and secondary schools in different socio-economic circumstances in different jurisdictions.
ISSPP members in 25 countries have developed case studies, organised national and international dissemination conferences and produced numerous academic papers in reputable journals internationally, as well as several special issues and books.