This article aims to develop a critical approach to three key aspects for the proper functioning of schools. First of all, school management, which includes collegial structures, the pedagogical leadership of the principal and the middle leadership of other educational leaders. Second, the autonomy of educational institutions, which lies between decentralisation and participation, and finally, accountability, as evidence of responsibility on the part of educational institutions. All three are considered substantive components, mediated through pedagogical leadership, for the promotion of continuous improvement of educational institutions. Thus, school management, autonomy and accountability create a logical structure of links that could improve the quality of such institutions. Various considerations that recognise the central position of pedagogical leadership in educational institutions derive from this analytical framework. These considerations lead to proposals capable of guiding policies aimed at improving the functioning of educational institutions in the context of the educational reform underway, towards which the LOMLOE (Organic Law 3/2020 of 29 December, which amends Organic Law 2/2006 of 3 May on Education) seems to be heading.
Please, cite this article as follows: Gento Palacios, S., González-Fernández, R., & López-Gómez, E. (2022). Dirección de centros educativos y ampliación de autonomía con rendición de cuentas. El rol mediador del liderazgo pedagógico | Heads of educational institutions and expansion of autonomy with accountability. The mediating role of pedagogical leadership. Revista Española de Pedagogía, 80 (281), xxx-xxx. https://doi.org/10.22550/REP80-1-2022-07