Act Local,
Think Global.

Leading, Linking, Learning

What's Happening

Resources to inform you on various topics including education systems, learning, leadership and more.

Coming Together

Have you signed up for our upcoming convention? See all the details for conventions here.

Powerful Partnerships 

Check out our projects including Virgin Global Challenge, Ethical Leadership and Webinar Series.

What we Do

What is the International Confederation of Principals? 

The ICP is a global association of school leadership organisations. It has over 40 members, made up of school leadership associations. Each member is itself a major organisation that supports the professional development and work of school leaders.

We have formed a purposeful network which develops and encourages opportunities in an inclusive, affiliated, democratic manner.

The ICP represents over 200,000 school leaders across five continents and, as such, commands a unique global position as a major voice for school education. The ICP is non-political and non-sectarian.

Alta van Heerden President of ICP

Welcome to 2019

Let me introduce myself, I am Alta van Heerden President of ICP 2019/ 2020 and I am also the Principal of Sunlands Primary School, Kenwyn Cape Town South Africa. I am both excited and humbled to be in the position of President of the ICP. I have been involved with the ICP for many years as the President of South African Principals Association (SAPA), a Council Member and a participant at many conventions and other ICP events.  

The theme for the 2019 ICP Convention is, ‘Connecting Leaders, Creating the Future. We are challenging all members to make connections and form relationships with leaders and leadership organisations across the globe to strengthen our network, expand our reach and enrich the experience that comes from being an ICP Member Association. 

At our first Executive Meeting for 2019 we welcomed two new Executive members: Maria Doyle from Ireland ( European Representative), and Thembekile Ndlovu from South Africa (African Representative), We also welcomed back Dr. Peter Kent from the United Kingdom in a new role (General Representative), Fiona Forbes (Past President), John Hamilton (Americas Representative), Dr Ruihua Dai (Asia/Oceania) and Sheree Vertigan ( Executive Secretary).  

As your incoming Executive we are committed to progressing the strategic plan of the ICP and to achieve our strategic priorities we need the support of the Members and to ensure that our relationships are robust and built on a shared vision for the future. At this point I am reminded of the words of Scott Kriens, ‘..being a leader meant being a skilled practitioner of relationships. Being able to be in authentic relationships and show up in a way that could be trusted and relied upon by other people.’ 

Connecting Leaders, Creating the Future

ICP 14th international convention was recently held in Shanghai, China.

Coming soon:

Council Report

Convention Report

Keynote presentations, and,

Images from the Convention 

Principal Health & Wellbeing

The Australian Principal Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing Survey, 2018 Data

Global Challenge

ICP and Virgin Pulse partner to bring members the Global Challenge 2018. This partnership is about working together to improve educators’ health and well-being.

 Have you signed up a team for the Challenge?

Recent Resources & Articles

International Confederation of Principals

Become a member today