A project at national level
Resulting from the European Qalep project, initiated and supported by the French ministry of education and research, Qualéduc is an evolutionary and adjustable tool for self-assessment which aims at:
- developing a culture of schools' self-assessment
- implementing a continuous improvement process within the educational community
- improving steering thanks to a participative approach
- mobilizing and engaging the educational team around a shared diagnosis in domains for improvement
- exchanging best practices and experiences.
The Qualéduc project is steered both at a national and a regional level. The national steering committee defines targets.Its members are also in charge of supporting regional Education Authorities in the implementation process. The regional steering committees are chosen by the chief executive of the regional Education Authority (Académie). They provide training, support and advice to teams interested in using this quality tool.
5 regional Education Authorities: Aix-Marseille, Clermont-Ferrand, Limoges, Nantes and Paris were the first to joined to the pilot phase. By now 25 regional Education Authorities have joined the project.
A Qualéduc guide
The Qualéduc guide is intended to assist schools or educational teams in implementing a self-assessment process leading to a continuous improvement of quality. It presents the project background and proposes a working method and various themes of analysis which are summarized in information sheets. Each info sheet refers to the legislative and regulatory framework. It covers the selected theme through a questioning leading to:
- an analysis and a shared and solid diagnosis based on observations, findings, indicators, etc.
- an action plan with targets and areas for improvement and monitoring tools.
Going through the themes
Qualification paths and training programmes
- Training provision
- Pupils's councils and citizenship
- Organisation of school life
- Continuity of teaching services
- Special educational needs - people with disabilities
- Combating early school leaving
- Educational pathways
- Teaching methods
- Academic education applied to vocational subjects
- Work placements, internships
- Sustainable development
- European and international strategies
- Further education for adults
- School governance
- Internal communication
- Human resources management
- External communication
A European context
The Recommendation of the European Parliament and of the 18 June 2009 Council establishes a European quality assurance reference framework for vocational education and training which supports Member States in promoting and monitoring continuous improvement of their vocational education and training systems, based on common European references.
The European reference framework provides a quality assurance methodology based on continuous improvement refering to the Deming cycle or the PDCA cycle.