Margrieta Kroese
Gitte Dyrlov

QUAL4T2 stands for ‘’Further Quality Improvement for VET, guiding teacher Teams in Europe in strategic planning’’. The project runs till 10 May 2019, and during the conference we will share the results of our one year pilot, refering to the transnational pilot report and best practices that occured while we tested a toolkit with Quality tools in 5 different countries. We will also share our experiences and efforts to influence the culture of Quality Improvement in teams.

The QUAL4T2 project 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. 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.

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.

Partners are
Landstede Groep – NL, represented by Margrieta Kroese (coördinator)
Politeknika Ikastegia Txorierri – ES, represented by Anabel Menica
CIOFS-Formazione Professionale – IT, represented by Francesca di Paolantonio
IDEC SA – EL, represented by Natassa Kazantzidou
Kôge Handelsskole – DK, represented by Gitte Dyrlov