ERIC Number: ED209177
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Selection and Training of Folkeskole and Gymnasia Headteachers in Denmark.
Esp, D. G.
This report provides an introduction to school leader training programs in Denmark. Folkeskoles (for students from 7-16 years of age) are under local government municipality administration. Municipalities can develop the curriculum within tightly drawn guidelines from the Ministry of Education. Further schooling is provided by gymnasia (for students from 16-19 years of age), which are under closer control of the central government. The head of the folkeskole (skoleinspector) has considerable flexibility within the national and municipal guidelines. There is usually no detailed job description for the skoleinspector, who is responsible for the administrative and pedagogic leadership of the school and reports to the municipal council. The post of skoleinspector is advertised nationally, and both the municipality and the parents' council can interview applicants. Applications are considered by the school commission, municipal council, and the Ministry, and appointments are made formally by the Monarch. A recently revised course of training for the skoleinspector is based on three areas of study: administration; educational issues; and leadership. The gymnasium head is head of the professional teaching team, administrator, and head of nonteaching staff and also has some budgetary responsibilities. The gymnasium head must usually have at least five years experience of helping with administrative tasks. Applications for the job go to the Ministry, and appointments are confirmed by the Minister and the Monarch. There is no special management training for gymnasium heads, but they benefit from programs and advice offered by the Royal Danish School of Educational Studies. (JD)
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