Assessment of the WCDL programme is a fundamental goal of the project designed and implemented by Society and Education, which has full participation of its team of experts.

«The first idea to transmit to new directors it is that integral education works. You can change kids’ lives. That is my experience. I have seen many people change»

Director of a public school. Community of Madrid

Bearing in mind that the programme is in its stages of initial development, the intention of assessment is not so much to approve its effectiveness, but to explore how it can work in practice. Accordingly, premeditation of the assessment is much more open, and is based on a qualitative focus on processes and seeks to find answers, as we offer here, to some of the following questions:

How would you assess the leadership training programme for whole child development? Is the WCDL programme’s personality easily identifiable? Are its identity traits recognised?
«Directors should be careful to respect and integrate the beliefs of each ethnicity and culture, except when they go against human dignity» . Directors’ focus group, March 2019.
How do school management teams, teachers, staff and families perceive the programme?
«It is essential to treat families with dignity, sitting down with them in the office» Grupo Directors’ focus group, July 2019
How much variation exists in the way schools implement the strategies and goals of the WCDL?
«The director should grant the opportunity for teachers to present their achievements to generate a good atmosphere» Directors’ focus group, July 2019
What kind of resources are indispensable for implementing the school programme?
«One of the indispensable levers is that there exists extensive knowledge of the educational community» Directors’ focus group, March 2019
Do the contents of the training programme meet the expectations in whole child development leadership in disadvantaged contexts?
«We should leave aside the culture of protest and become proactive in applying and defending resources. I will never say, as some directors say, that my school is a dump. I am very proud of my school and I will fight to get the resources I need» Directors’ focus group, July 2019

Assessment results

In this section, we will be publishing the results of the assessment procedures applied in the different phases of the project.

Once the training course has been completed in Spain and Portugal in the 2019-2020 academic year, we publish the document that summarises the main results of its assessment.

This summary is published within the WCDL Worksheets collection, which gathers the most singular contributions of the programme in its different areas: research, training, evaluation and mentoring.

In the following link, you may download the Executive Summary of the Report on the Evaluation of the programme, with the general conclusions of the implementation process of the Whole Child Development Leadership Programme in disadvantaged contexts in Spain and Portugal.

Assessment stages of the WCDL programme

«Society and Education, through its Educational Observation and Asessment Department (OyE), has the necessary experience and technical staff to choose the identification strategy most appropriate to assessing this leadership  programme and to verify, by questionnaires, discussion groups, observations and visits to pilot schools, whether the intended goals are achieved»

Mercedes de Esteban. Director of the Instituto de Estudios Educativos y Sociales. European Foundation Society and Education. 

© El programa Liderazgo para una Educación Integral (LEI) en contextos vulnerables es un proyecto diseñado e implementado por un equipo de la Fundación Europea Sociedad y Educación, formado por Miguel Ángel Sancho (Presidente), Lola Velarde (Directora de Desarrollo), Mercedes de Esteban (Directora del departamento de investigación), Livia de Cendra (Área de proyectos) y Rosario Semper (Secretaria Técnica).