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President's message

Dear Colleagues

It is with great honour that I start my role as President of ICP. In this role I am your spokesperson and the spokesperson for our profession on the global stage. I will do this with the humility, passion and gravitas that the role deserves.  This role is not about me personally but about all school leaders who work daily to ensure that every student receives the best quality education we can provide wherever we are in the world, so that’s: every child, every classroom, every day.  It is my intention to continue the work of our predecessors in moving the organisation forward, while maintaining the positive gains we have made over recent years.

We are a team at ICP and we will continue to work for you -our members. This year we welcome two new members to the Executive Board. Representing Europe we welcome Dr Peter Kent from ASCL. Peter joined us for our first meeting on January 12th along with our new representative for Asia/Oceania Professor Dr Dia from NTCSSP. Professor Dia becomes our very first Chinese member of the Executive Board and we warmly welcome both he and Dr Kent.

ICP has a few projects that we will continue to work on throughout 2017. Shortly we will add our voice to the 2015 PISA results with the ICP press release and our statement called – “21st Century Challenges, 21st Century Opportunities, 21st Century Leaders”. These will be freely available from the website, our Facebook page, Twitter and other social media avenues. We encourage you to share them widely through your associations acknowledging where the ideas came from - ICP.

In 2017 we will continue to work with the UNESCO statement we workshopped at our last Council meeting and Global Leaders Forum in Perth, August 2016. More information for you to share on how we can move the equity, inclusion agenda forward globally will be sent this year. We will continue to work with thought leaders such as Andy Hargreaves, Steve Mumby, Pasi Sahlberg and Sir Ken Robinson from the Atlantic Rim Collaboratory (ARC) in this area. Our other main area of work continues to be on Principal Workload and Wellbeing. Our work with Professor Phil Riley will be complimented with consultation with Dr Karen Edge and Dr Katina Pollock who presented at the International School Leadership Symposium on Principal Workload and Wellbeing in November 2016 in Toronto. 

There will be regular communication via our newsletter and these updates as well as via social media.  ICP is gearing up for a very successful Convention in South Africa in September.  Already we have over 450 people registered.  Please can we ask you to promote our premier event via your association newsletters, and other communications in early February when we send you our promotional material.  There is a limit of 1500 participants so we are asking for early registration to avoid disappointment in 2017. 

I look forward to meeting as many of you as I can over the next two years and sharing and growing leadership practices and the highly valued role of the school leader around the world.


Yours in leadership 


Fiona Forbes

ICP President 


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