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ECNAIS : European Council of National Associations of Independent Schools


“Independent meets independent”

Study visit Ingrid Jespersens Gymnasieskole (Denmark) to Amsterdam
On September 23-25 2015, the board and management of the Copenhagen-based Ingrid Jespersens Gymnasieskole ( ) went on a study trip to Amsterdam. The purpose was to study the quality of the Dutch educational system with a special focus on the education of teachers.
After having witnessed an interesting presentation by Professor Marco Snoek of Hogeschool van Amsterdam,… Read

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Next ECNAIS Seminar/MCM in Sofia, Bulgaria, 19, 20 and 21 November 2015

To prepare next ECNAIS Seminar/MCM in Sofia, Bulgaria, 19, 20 and 21 November 2015,  Per Kristensen, on behalf of the executives, visited Sofia on 9 and 10 July 2015.
Together with representatives of BAPS he dealt with all kind of practicalities, such as seminar facilities, hotel rooms and school to be visited.
Beside this, Per was introduced to the big questions BAPS has to deal with.… Read

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Hungarian Association of Private Schools meet with ECNAIS chairman and treasurer

On 8 and 9 May 2015 the ECNAIS executives Simon Steen and Per Kristensen visited Budapest as invitees of the Hungarian Association of Private Schools (AME, ).
Upon the request of Mr. György Horn, chairman of the Association, they were received by the State Secretariat of Education. Simon Steen and Per Kristensen were accompanied by Zsofi Bak, vice-chair and executive director of AME and representative in ECNAIS’ MCM.… Read

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ECNAIS aids Greek private schools

After the presentation of the current situation in Greece during the last meeting of the Management Committee Meeting, in Istanbul, our colleagues from the Hellenic Private Schools Association, asked ECANIS for a joined action for a very urgent matter: National legislation threatens Greek Private Schools.
ECNAIS responded positive, by sending letters to:

  • The President of the Commission: Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker
  • European Council President: Mr Donald Tusk
  • President of the European Parliament: Mr Martin Schulz
  • European commissioner for education: Mr Tibor Navracsics (Rodrigo Ballister in CC)
  • EU commissioner of competition: Ms M.


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The Hellenic Private Schools Association

Athens, Greece | 12 - 15 March 2015

The Hellenic Private Schools Association, after becoming member of ECNAIS, invited Ecnais chairman to visit Athens.
From the 12th to the 15th March, Simon Steen had several meetings participated in a debate paying special emphasis on the right of parental choice of school, on the need for policies allowing maximum school autonomy as well as on the need to allow private schools to choose and retain the teachers they consider best suited to their program and their mission.… Read

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Self-evaluation as part of a culture of school improvement: outputs

Declaration of ECNAIS conference, Istanbul,  16-18 April 2015
“Self-evaluation as a vital way of improving the quality of education”
A culture of school improvement has to come from inside, embedded in the schools itself.
Autonomy, one of the main characteristics of independent education, has a social counterpart which is accountability. The reflexive and systematic practices of self-evaluation contribute in a large scale to the quality of education and the quality of the information provided to all stakeholders.… Read

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