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Summary: This paper discusses the findings of a small scale exploratory research study on school leadership development programmes in Latvia. A brief international perspective on leadership development practices is given to appreciate more clearly the issues facing the Latvian context. The evaluation of current research in this field reveals a number of key trends in school leadership training frameworks. This indicates a changing landscape where traditional models of delivery are being succeeded by more innovative approaches.
Semi-structured interviews with three Programme Leaders and the Head of the Association of Educational Leaders of Latvia were conducted to elicit key empirical data. The findings point to a variety of provision with many good elements. However, it is clear that there is an urgent need to develop a more consistent and improved system based on a coherent, strategic and effective framework that addresses trends in the global educational world and recognizes and responds to the Latvian context.