Network programme - ICSEI 2010

In support of development of the ICSEI networks the organising committee of ICSEI 2010 allocated the 3PNetwork two breakfast timeslots to meet and discuss the ongoing and future work of the network together with two symposium sessions. In order to make best use of this opportunity the convenors of the network agreed the following programme.

Wednesday 6 January, 7.00am ? 8.30am Room 304
3P Network informal welcome breakfast

An introduction to the concept, scope and work of the 3P Network

Update on activities during 2010

Outcomes from the summer seminar meeting in Scotland

An opportunity to briefly share current challenges facing participants in their respective professional fields

Swap shop session:  Presentation from Anton Florek (UK) on the Mentoring Scheme for newly appointed Directors of Children?s Services in England.

Thursday 7 January, 7.00am ? 8.30am Room 304
Continuation of discussion from the previous meeting: an opportunity to briefly share current challenges facing participants in their respective professional fields

Swap shop session: Presentations from Prof. Wilfried Schley (Germany) on Developing Leadership Qualities and Karl Napiarella (Wales) on Local Authority and Schools collaborative working for Improvement.

3P Network AGM
A short business meeting took place confirming convenors/arrangements for 20010/12.

Gerard Van den Hoven stood down and was warmly thanked for all his hard work and commitment to the Network as one of the founding convenors.
Following discussion it was agreed that for 2010/12 the Network would have four convenors as follows:
Anton Florek. UK. (Lead convenor)
Boudewijn van Velzen (Netherlands)
Mary Sinclair (New Zealand)
Jenny Lewis. (Australia)
This arrangement should increase the likelihood of members from the southern hemisphere meeting and also moves away from the Eurocentric feel of the Network.
Gerard agreed to help Anton to prepare a draft work theme for the year. This is to be distributed to the members for discussion and agreement during the next month or so.
Finally, members agreed that the summer seminar would move from Scotland and take place either in Sweden or the Netherlands with a parallel seminar taking place in New Zealand or Australia during the same period. The agreed dates are: July 1/2/3 2010 with Child Protection/Safeguarding/Wellbeing as possible themes
It was agreed that the convenors will determine the theme and programme for distribution to the network members as soon as practicable. In total 18 members of the Network participated in the discussions over the two days.

Wednesday 6th January  

3P Network Symposium 1

Political cultures and their impact on education policies.

Presenters: Karen Seashore (USA), Michael Schratz (Austria), Mats Ekholm (Sweden), Leif Moos (Denmark), Kasper Kofod (Denmark), Boudewijn van Velzen (The Netherlands).
Discussant: Dr. Bana Kartasasmita (Indonesia).

The symposium presented research carried out in USA, Austria, Sweden, Denmark, UK and The Netherlands. The research examined the interplay between political culture and educational policy with the goal of better understanding how different countries are responding to the global exchange of policy ideas. This symposium assumed that major differences remain in how countries seek to embody more or less global concepts in improvement policies. 

The contributions were drawn from a loose collaborative research project that involves participants in USA, Denmark, The Netherlands, Sweden, Austria and England. 

Dr. Hussein Hj. Ahmad, Univesrsity of Malaysia was discussant and confronted the presenters with a reflection from a Sout-Easr Asian perspective.

Thursday 7 January.

3P Network Symposium 2

Improving locality services for children, young people and families: towards a system leadership approach.

Anton Florek. UK.
Eileen Barnes-Vachell. UK
Jose Hofman. Netherlands
Discussant: Boudewijn A.M. van Velzen. Netherlands

This symposium provided the opportunity for policy makers, politicians, administrators and practitioners to share current challenges facing leaders and managers of locality services for children and young people.  The presentations from England and the Netherlands described a number of national and local initiatives aimed at increasing capacity at strategic and operational level through the professional development of leaders and managers of services for children, young people and families. 
The three case studies, two from the schools sector and the third from the wider local authority context, had one theme in common, namely they were all examples of system leadership in action. This approach attempts to capture the intelligence, knowledge and experience which already exists within a particular community of practice and utilise these to improve outcomes for children, young people and families. These three ?stories? were examples of self improvement from within i.e. the system aiming to improve itself rather than relying on external agencies or initiatives. This is in sharp contrast to the more traditional model of school and wider system improvement.