Project Description

Qual4

Project Title Further Quality improvement for VET, guiding teacher teams in Europe in stategic planning – QUAL4T2
Coordinator Margrieta Kroese
Contact Details andstede VET, Rechterland 1, 8000AA Zwolle, NL
Email mkroese@landstede.nl
Website www.qual4t-project.org
Funding Agency Erasmus + The Netherlands
Partners Landstede Groep – NL, represented by Margrieta Kroese (coörd.) and Bert Hamhuis
Starting / Ending Date 11-11-2016 / 10-05-2019

Summary

About the new QUAL4T2 project qual4t2 basisfoto1 The QUAL4T2 project: ‘’Further Quality Improvement for VET, guiding teacher Teams in Europe in strategic planning’’ is funded by the European Commission through the Erasmus+ KA2 Grant program. It supports teacher teams in VET schools in their use of quality assistance mechanisms like the Plan Do Check Act cycle and runs from 11 November 2016 / 10 May 2019. We aim to use a bottom-up approach when getting teams aware of quality mechanisms and address teachers in teams as the professionals that they are. The development of prototype products mixed with indispensable teacher feedback tends to lead to a further change of quality culture and a set of final quality tools that help teams in further development of their quality mechanisms. QUAL4T1 and 2 After the successful implementation of the QUAL4T project, that focused on quality awareness by individual teachers, it deemed only a small step to a follow-up project named: Further Quality Improvement in European VET, guiding teacher Teams in their strategic planning (QUAL4T2).

The value of the first project but also the needs for the follow-up project were clearly expressed in the final feedback of teachers and trainers from The Netherlands, UK, Spain and Italy, where the pilots took place. In QUAL4T2 the project partners aim to contribute directly to the improvement of outcomes of quality systems in Europe\’s institutes, by investing in teachers’ professionalization to develop more effectiveness and involvement of teachers/trainers in the quality strategic planning. Needs Teams in VET education are facing the problem of prioritizing how they spend their work day. Teachers need to teach, coach, visit companies, prepare lessons, but also meet as a team to evaluate student results and other outcomes. As a follow up teams need to set aims and plan actions for further improvement in their team plans. It is crucial that the right aims are chosen and the right actions planed! Teachers stated in their feedback in the first QUAL4T project, that they still feel they don’t have enough knowledge and tools to write a good year plan and follow the PDCA-cycle. And this definitely is needed to connect the institutes’ long term strategy and policy with the short term actions on the ‘work floor’ by the teams.


Target group

The main project target groups are educators: teachers in their teams, supported by quality staff and management. These educators will be approached as professionals, triggering them to further develop in the topic of quality improvement of their own program in the classroom, but also as a team.

The project aims to introduce and further implement a bottom up approach for the design of strategic planning in VET institutions by teams. Setting good targets for continuous improvement of their education programs is not an easy job for teacher teams! By providing teams with good and easy accessible material to help them in their strategic planning, the project partners expect teams to write better and sustainable team plans. Thus in the end leading to a better use of their working hours, a better performance towards the students and finally to a more efficient use of their financial funds.


Products

We will provide teams with three main products, that will be downloadable for free:

  • A quality guide with chapters on how to build up an effective year plan, and several tools to help teams get there, including model-s) for the plan itself
  • A book with best practices from the pilots that we performed
  • A training program that we will use within our own organizations, and a shorter program that all VET organizations can use to train their own teams, or can even be used by teams themselves

Project

The project will start with a short research and the designing of the pilot version of the Quality Guide. Then four pilots take place, in Netherlands, Spain, Denmark and Italy. Based on the feedback from teams and teachers the final version of the Quality Guide will be made, best practices will be gathered and the five day training program will be developed and given. Both the prototypes as the final products will be published on the website free for use. Besides the implementation in our own institutes we aim to reach schools and policy makers in our partner and other countries and also Higher Education, educating student teachers.


EU priorities

We address the following European priorities:

  • Further developing quality assurance mechanisms in VET (VET priority)
  • Sustainable investment, performance and efficiency in education and training (HORIZONTAL priority)
  • Extending and developing educators\’ competences (ADULT EDUCATION priority).