Brussels, 21 September 2018

ET 2020 Working Group: ECSWE involvement extended until 2020
The new mandate of the Working Group is focused on quality assurance and teacher and school leader careers

In July 2018, the ECSWE mem­ber­ship in the ET 2020 Work­ing Group Schools was extend­ed for the new cycle July 2018 — July 2020. In its new man­date, the Work­ing Group will deep­en its work on qual­i­ty assur­ance process­es and teacher and school leader careers.

The WG’s work on qual­i­ty assur­ance is meant to inform pol­i­cy devel­op­ment relat­ed to the cre­ation of the Euro­pean Edu­ca­tion Area by 2025. Among oth­er aims, this ambi­tious agen­da aims at the mutu­al auto­mat­ic recog­ni­tion of sec­ondary edu­ca­tion diplo­ma by 2025 and touch­es on impor­tant issues such as key com­pe­tences, dig­i­tal skills and assessment.

Under the theme Qual­i­ty Cul­ture the Work­ing Group will explore “what can be done at sys­tem lev­el to cre­ate the con­di­tions for a (school and teacher-led) qual­i­ty cul­ture to thrive”. This will involve issues such as 1) stake­hold­er involve­ment, 2) gath­er­ing and dis­sem­i­na­tion of qual­i­ty evi­dence for school improve­ment and 3) how to ensure broad com­pe­tence devel­op­ment in schools. In this con­text the role of nation­al cur­ric­u­la, school based cur­ric­u­la and assess­ment of key com­pe­tences might be explored as well.

Under the theme Teacher and school leader careers, the group will explore the coher­ence of career paths and struc­tures with the three dimen­sions 1) staff eval­u­a­tion and appraisal, 2) pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment and 3) leadership.

In the field of qual­i­ty assur­ance, ECSWE will con­tin­ue to argue in favor of flex­i­ble forms of qual­i­ty care that take into account the spe­cif­ic needs and ped­a­gog­i­cal approach of schools out­side the main­stream sys­tem. In the field of teacher and school leader careers, ECSWE will pro­mote more flex­i­bil­i­ty for Wal­dorf teacher train­ings and dis­trib­uted forms of school leadership.

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Georg Jürgens