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 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. 

© The Whole Child Development Leadership (WCDL) programme in vulnerable contexts is a project designed and implemented by a team from the European Foundation Society and Education, made up of Miguel Ángel Sancho (President), Lola Velarde (Director of Development), Mercedes de Esteban (Director of the Research Department), Livia de Cendra (Projects Area) and Ana Rey (Technical Secretary).