School head

The school head is the custodian of school values, mission and vision. S/he is a mentor, who supports staff’s professional development and helps them cultivate the most appropriate behaviours and teaching practices. Her/his level of authority and autonomy varies from country to country, this is due to the level of decentralization or ‘deconcentration’ of each system. They play a key role in monitoring school progress, as well as building relations with community members and parents. School heads must be recognized as leaders, having particular personal traits and professional skills. (UNICEF, 2009).

UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund). 2009. Child Friendly Schools Manual (pp.165-193). New York: UNICEF. Retrieved from: