The Centre of Principal Development carries out commissioned education primarily aimed at school leaders. We have the responsibility to offer the National School Leadership Training Programme in three regions in Sweden. We also offer other courses.
Within the field of educational leadership our focus is on how assessments and priorities of leaders affect and steer leadership. We describe and analyse leadership within organisations. We examine how principals lead structures, cultures, functions, and processes in organisations whose mission is constituted by the learning and socialisation of individuals into citizens.
Our programme concerns how organisations are shaped, changed and lead within the field of learning and personal development. The point of departure to understand leadership and organisation is that leadership is viewed as a continuous process; a process in which leaders, followers, and situation interplay. Knowledge about the individual, the group, the shape of the organisation, and the surrounding environment is of vital importance.
Our educational philosophy is characterised by a model where learning emerges from the interaction between theory, research, policy, and the experiences of the programme's participants. School leaders who can integrate these four areas of knowledge are better equipped to lead the pedagogical work and steer towards the goals of the school. The model is illustrated below: