Dear participants,

We would like to thank you for your participation in the British Council education leaders’ conference “Leading Change in a Changing World” in Tallinn. Your presence together with your active contributions, feedback and ideas was greatly appreciated and has contributed towards making this event a great success.

Around 100 school leaders and ministry and municipality officials from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania took part in an intensive and thought-provoking two – day event.

We believe that we met all the goals we had set for the conference:

  • increase knowledge and understanding of some of the key issues associated with school leadership and inclusion;
  • support the improvement and development of inclusive school systems by sharing effective international practice;
  • form international networks to discuss and debate educational issues;
  • explore the role of international collaboration in enabling participants to learn from effective practice.

We hosted excellent speakers from the UK and the Baltic States: Susan Douglas (British Council) and Kieran Osborne (Hayes School) from the UK, Toomas Kruusimägi (Tallinn English College, Estonian School Headmasters Association), Zane Olina, PhD (State Education Centre, Latvia), Dr. Jūratė Valuckienė (assoc. Prof. at Šiauliai University) and heard interesting discussions by international panelists on the topics of school leadership, managing change in the world that is revolving very quickly and inclusive schools.

We hope you’ve enjoyed and benefited from the event. Please find all the presentations and gallery below at the Summary section.


We would also be grateful if you shared your thoughts and ideas with us by filling in a short feedback form available here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/27TL6F3

Looking forward to our future cooperation.

With kind regards,

Ursula Roosmaa, Zane Matesoviča and Arturas Vasiliauskas
British Council

Summary

 

Photographer Joanna Jõhvikas

 

School visits presentations

HITSA:
Mari-Liis PeetsProgeTiger programme in Estonia
Katrin Kiilaspää The Digital Competency Model for Teachers
Egle Kampus – Teacher Training in Estonia

Tallinn English College:

Toomas Kruusimägi About Tallinn English College

Tallinn Lasnamäe Mechanics School:
Dimitri Koromnov – About Tallinn Lasnamäe Mechanics School

Tallinn Läänemere Secondary School:
Tatjana Baum-ValgmaЯзыковое погружение в Эстонии

Videos

 

Welcome note from
Ministry of Education and Research


Welcome note from
British Council

 

Opening remark:
Why leadership really matters everywhere?


Keynote: Leadership matters –
the English perspective


How the world’s best systems
secure great outcomes for all their children?


Panel session:
The role of the school leader in inclusive schooling


What is Estonia doing right?
Presentation about PISA results for Estonia


Leadership matters –
the Estonian perspective


Panel discussion:
The importance of school leadership


Keynote: Leadership matters –
the Lithuanian perspective


Keynote: Leadership matters –
The Latvian perspective

 

A time to reflect –
how do we manage change successfully?

Round-up and a summary of themes
that have emerged over the two days

 

Programme

Thursday, 2 March

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    Registration and coffee

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    Welcome note

    Mart Laidmets, Deputy Secretary General for General and Vocational Education at Ministry of Education and Research
    Ursula Roosmaa, Country Director Estonia at the British Council

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    Opening remark: Why leadership really matters everywhere?

    Susan Douglas, CEO of the Eden Academy and Senior Adviser for Schools at the British Council

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    Keynote: Leadership matters - the English perspective

    Kieran Osborne, Headmaster of Hayes School

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    Break

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    Video: How the world’s best systems secure great outcomes for all their children?

    Andreas Schleicher, Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris

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    Panel session: The role of the school leader in inclusive schooling

    Chair: Susan Douglas, CEO of the Eden Academy and Senior Adviser for Schools at the British Council
    Participants:
    Jekaterina Gridneva, Headmistress of Sakala Independent Secondary School (Estonia)
    Dr. paed. Romans Alijevs, Principal of the Riga Classical Gymnasium (Latvia)
    Mr. Adam Blaškevič, Head of Vilniaus Jono Pauliaus II gymnasium (Lithuania)

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    What is Estonia doing right? Presentation about PISA results for Estonia

    Gunda Tire, PISA National Project Manager, Foundation Innove, Estonia

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    Lunch

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    Keynote: Leadership matters - the Estonian perspective

    Toomas Kruusimägi, Headmaster of Tallinn English College, Chair of the Estonian School Headmasters Association

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    Panel discussion: The importance of school leadership

    Chair: Kieran Osborne, Headmaster of Hayes School
    Participants:
    Heidi Uustalu, Headmistress of Kiviõli 1st Secondary School (Estonia)
    Ms. Inga Pavula, Head of Ventspils City Council Education Department’s Methodological Centre (Latvia)
    Mrs. Inga Kurlavičienė, Head of Klaipėdos “Gabijos” pro-gymnasium (Lithuania)

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    Keynote: Leadership matters - the Lithuanian perspective

    Dr. Jūratė Valuckienė, assoc. Prof. at Šiauliai University

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    End of the day 1

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    Networking Session with buffet dinner at Hotel Euroopa restaurant

Friday, 3 March

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    Buses depart to school visits

    Tallinn Läänemere Secondary School (Russian speaking school), hosted by School Headmaster Deniss Presnetsov

    • Overview of the school and its success story
    • Differences between ordinary and language Immersion classes
    • Preparing teachers and practical examples

    Tallinn English College, hosted by School Headmaster Toomas Kruusimägi

    • Two parallel curricula in one school
    • Pros and cons of the national curriculum and the IB school curriculum
    • Challenges for the leadership

    Tallinn Lasnamäe Mechanics School, hosted by School Headmaster Dimitri Koromnov

    • Overview of the school and its success story
    • Challenges of Vocational schools in Estonia
    • Requirements for leadership

    The Information Technology Foundation for Education (HITSA), hosted by Member of the Management Board Ene Koitla

    • Digital competencies of teachers
    • Support for life long learning
    • Digitalisation of education and leadership

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    Buses depart back to the hotel

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    Lunch at Hotel Euroopa

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    Keynote: Leadership matters – The Latvian perspective

    Zane Olina, PhD, Head of Implementation, State Education Centre, Latvia.

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    A time to reflect – how do we manage change successfully?

    Kieran Osborne, Headmaster of Hayes School

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    Break

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    Round-up and a summary of themes that have emerged over the two days

    Susan Douglas, CEO of the Eden Academy and Senior Adviser for Schools at the British Council

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    End of the conference

School visits

3 March starts with school visits that give you the overview of the school, its success stories and interesting projects.

If you have registered to the school visit, please find your registration here.

There are three buses departing in front of the Hotel Euroopa at 9:00 and take you to the school you have chosen to visit:

  • Bus no 1: Tallinn Läänemere Secondary School
  • Bus no 2: Tallinn Lasnamäe Mechanics School
  • Bus no 3: The Information Technology Foundation for Education (HITSA)
  • Visit to Tallinn English College is by foot – it is quite near to the hotel.

Buses depart back to the hotel at 11:45.

If you have not registered yet, please find the description in the program, choose the school you would like to visit and register on the following form – each school can host 25 participants.


Logistics

The conference takes place at Hotel Euroopa, Paadi 5, Tallinn.

We have organised transport from Latvia and Lithuania:

  • For information regarding travel from Latvia to Estonia please contact Ance Strazda, British Council Latvia Projects Assistant. M: +371 26036132 , Ance.Strazda@britishcouncil.org
  • For information regarding travel from Lithuania please contact Egle Maciulyte, British Council Lithuania Project Manager. M: +37061814709, Egle.Maciulyte@britishcouncil.lt. A transfer has been arranged from the airport to the hotel on the 1st March and from the hotel to the airport on 3rd March at 17.15.

If you are arriving by car, you can leave the car in the big parking lot near the hotel – Europark, Ahtri 3, zone EP42 (click to see additional information). The cost is 3.50 eur/24h.

We have also booked accommodation in Hotel Euroopa:

  • 1.03 – 3.03 for registered participants from Latvia and Lithuania
  • 2.03 – 3.03 for registered participants from Estonia (outside of Tallinn)