Global Training Practice Lead

DR. BEATRIZ PONT has worked on education policy, education change and school leadership internationally throughout her career. As IIEP’s Global Training Practice Lead, she leads and coordinates the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of IIEP’s global training programmes, based on the strategy responding to the Member States’ capacity needs. Previously at the OECD Directorate for Education and Skills, she launched and led OECD countries' education change and implementation support, and has worked with many different countries in their school improvement reform efforts. She also launched and led a comparative series on education reforms Education Policy Outlook, on school leadership, equity and quality in education and adult learning. Previously, Beatriz was researcher in the Economic and Social Council of the Government of Spain.

Beatriz holds a Phd in Political Science from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, a Masters in International Relations from Columbia University, and a BA in political science from Pitzer College, Claremont, California. She has been visiting researcher at LIEPP, Science Po, Paris and at the Institute of Social Sciences, Tokyo University. She is member of selected boards and has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University. She teachers Comparative Education Policy at Sciences Po School of International Affairs, Paris and keynotes internationally on leading education change.

Recent publications/keynotes

Pont, B. (2021), “Leading Education Change: Towards a New Approach,” in Brown and Duignan, Eds., Leading Education Change, Emerald Publishing Limited.

OECD (2021), OECD (2021), Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence: Into the Future, Implementing Education Policies, OECD Publishing, Paris,

OECD (2021), "Iceland Education Policy 2030 and its implementation", OECD Education Policy Perspectives, No. 32, OECD Publishing, Paris,

Gouëdard, P., B. Pont and R. Viennet (2020), “Education responses to COVID-19: shaping an implementation strategy”, OECD Education Working Papers, No. 224,

OECD (2020), "Education responses to COVID-19: an implementation strategy toolkit", OECD Education Policy Perspectives, No. 5, OECD Publishing, Paris,

Pont, B. (2020), “A literature review of school leadership policy reforms”, European Journal of Education, Vol. 55, pp. 154 – 168,

OECD (2020), Achieving the New Curriculum for Wales, Implementing Education Policies, OECD Publishing, Paris, TBP

OECD (2020), Education in Ireland: An OECD Assessment of the Senior Cycle Review, Implementing Education Policies, OECD Publishing, Paris, TBP

OECD (2019), Improving School Quality in Norway: The New Competence Development Model, Implementing Education Policies, OECD Publishing, Paris,

OECD (2019), Strong Foundations for Quality and Equity in Mexican Schools, Implementing Education Policies, OECD Publishing, Paris,

Keynote, EU Presidency Austria Conference on the Implementation of Education Reforms Implementing policies, Leading for effective change in education, 14 December, 2018, Austria, Vienna

Keynote, EduCaixa, School leadership Conference,, May, 2018, Barcelona, Spain

OECD (2018), Education Policy in Japan: Building Bridges towards 2030, Reviews of National Policies for Education, OECD Publishing, Paris,

OECD (2018), Education for a Bright Future in Greece, Reviews of National Policies for Education, OECD Publishing, Paris,

Viennet, R. and B. Pont  (2017), "Education policy implementation: A literature review and proposed framework", OECD Education Working Papers, No. 162, OECD Publishing, Paris.

Keynote, Education policy: from patchwork to coherent approaches, Atlantic Rim Collaboratory, September 2017, Dublin, Ireland.

Pont, B. (2017), “A comparative view of system reform: policy, politics and people,” in Future Directions of Educational Change: Social Justice, Professional Capital, and Systems Change Eds. Malone, H.J., Rincón-Gallardo, S. and Kew K., Routledge, Taylor & Francis. Pp 171-188.

Pont, B, (2017), "School Leadership for Equity: A Comparative Perspective,” in Wiseman, A.W., Taylor, C.S. (ed.) The Impact of the OECD on Education Worldwide (International Perspectives on Education and Society, Volume 31) Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 99 – 124 DOI 10.1108/S1479-367920160000031007

Pont, B (2017), Education Policy Reforms: The Case of School Leadership in a Comparative Perspective, PhD Thesis for Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Political Science Department (unpublished).

OECD (2017), The Welsh Education Reform Journey: A Rapid Policy Assessment, OECD Publishing, Paris. Co-author

Cuenca, R. and Pont, B. (2016), Liderazgo Escolar: Inversión Clave para la Mejora Educativa, Fundación Santillana.

Interview with Beatriz Pont, Lead the Change Series

OECD (2015), Improving Schools in Sweden: An OECD Perspective, OECD Publishing, Paris.

OECD (2015), Education Policy Outlook 2015: Making Reforms Happen, OECD Publishing, Paris.

OECD (2014) Improving School in Wales: An OECD Perspective , OECD Publishing, Paris.

OECD (2014), Education Policy Outlook: Country Profiles for Australia, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, United Kingdom.

Pont, B. (2013), “Valoración del prestigio docente en España desde una óptica internacional,” in El Prestigio de la Profesión Docente, Percepción y Realidad, Fundación Europea Sociedad y Educación y Fundación Botín.

Pont, B. and Hopkins D. (2012), “Approaches to system leadership: lessons learned and policy pointers,” in Preedy, M.. Bennet, N. and Wise, C, Educational Leadership: Context, Strategy and Collaboration, Sage Publications, London. 

OECD (2012), Equity and Quality in Education: Supporting Disadvantaged Students and Schools, OECD Publishing, Paris.

Pont, B., Musset, P., Schleicher, A., Toledo, D. and Zapata, J. (2012) “Developing effective school leaders,” in Schleicher, A. (2012), Ed., Preparing Teachers and Developing School Leaders for the 21st Century: Lessons from around the World, OECD Publishing.

OECD (2011), Improving Lower Secondary Schools in Norway, OECD Publishing, Paris.

OECD (2010), Improving Schools: Strategies for Action in Mexico, OECD Publishing, Paris.

Aguerrondo, I., F. Benavides and B. Pont (2009), School management and teacher policy in Mexico: Preliminary analysis and policy pointers,

Pont, B., D. Nusche and H. Moorman (2008), Improving School Leadership vol 1: Policies and Practices, OECD, Paris.

Pont, B., D. Nusche and D. Hopkins eds. (2008), Improving School Leadership vol. 2: Case Studies in System Leadership OECD, Paris.