The condition of apical professionals in education: an exploratory survey of the training and employment pathway landscape

The article provides an overview of the education professionals, who operate in different educational fields with an “apical” level role. Specifically, the research presents the results of a survey referred to the ex-students of Master’s Degree course in Pedagogia e Scienze dell’educazione e della formazione (Sapienza University of Rome). Through the administration of a questionnaire, a survey was carried out, aimed to know the learning path, employment status (recognition and satisfaction), contexts, roles, tasks and skills required to carry out the profession. From the results of the research, some primary considerations emerge: a lack of valorization of the functions and qualifications of the “apical” figures; a lack of homogeneity in the contractual framework and in the salary treatment; an inconsistency between roles performed and qualifications held.