Qualéduc

Qualeduc project [anglais]

Qualeduc is meant to be a tool for schools and inspection bodies in order to develop a quality insurance approach based on continuous improvement.

The Qualeduc Mobilities project aims at strengthening the professional development of participants in the field of quality, by providing a European perspective on this very matter.

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
  • Evaluation
  • Further education for adults

Governance

  • School governance
  • Internal communication
  • Human resources management
  • External communication
  • Partnerships

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 Riga conclusions, adopted on 22 June 2015 provide an incentive for developing quality assurance mechanisms in the VET field, as recommended by European Quality Assurance in Vocational Education and Training (EQAVET).

The European reference framework provides a quality assurance methodology based on continuous improvement refering to the Deming cycle or the PDCA cycle.

Qualeduc mobilities

At the regional level, the analysis of the implementation of the Qualeduc tool has shown that it was necessary to support the development of a shared "culture of quality" among academic teams as well as to define a common strategy in order to improve the success and the vocational integration of students by comparing the French practices to other practices implemented in EU countries on the long term.

Programme: european programme Erasmus + (Key Action 1 - VET learners and staff mobility)

Consortium members an participants

  • Centre international d'études pédagogiques - CIEP (leader)
  • Regional Education Authorities of Besançon, Créteil, Grenoble, Montpellier, Nancy-Metz
  • Regional Education Authorities of Amiens, Caen, Clermont-Ferrand, Dijon, Lille, Lyon,  Nantes, Orléans-Tours, Rennes, Rouen, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Versailles.

Objectives

The Qualeduc Mobilities project aims at strengthening the professional development of participants in the field of quality, by providing a European perspective on this very matter.

The project addresses to school managerial staffs, inspectors general of education, educational advisers, academic staff in charge of quality and teachers. 

Implementation

This project will be launched in September 2017 and will take place over two years.  

It will operate in four phases, two of them consisting in 105 mobilities of staff involved in VET in 5 partner countries having strong experience in the process of continuous improvement of quality: Austria, Germany, Italy, Scotland and Sweden.

The two other phases will be implemented with the support of the Higher School of National Education, Higher Education and Research (ESENESR): It will consist in seminars contributing to elaborate a first diagnosis on the various approaches in the fields of continuous improvement of quality and governance ; debrief the fields observations and hence to set up the working framework based on the results of the first diagnosis; disseminate and communicate on the results observed as well as on the translation of good practices into national policies. Five academies will be in charge of the organization of the mobilities, which shall allow observing, sharing and analyzing good practices aiming their translation into national policies. Field visits and observations will be organized and led by small groups during 5 days. They will focus on governance issues such as management, continuous improvement of quality, assessment modalities and on the pedagogical methods implemented in schools. Regarding the steering elements bringing an added value to be observed, the participants will focus on the objectives, the organizations, the assessment tools, the actors, communication tools, indicators and defined processes. 

Expected results

  • Better understanding of other educational systems, better knowledge of the approaches implemented in the quality assurance process at various national levels and better motivation in team work
  • Reinforced culture of continuous improvement of quality on issues related to governance in VET
  • Reinforced continuous improvement process of quality for national issues at academic and school levels
  • Wider implementation of the process of continuous improvement of quality in VET
  • Harmonized practices and fine-tuned Qualeduc tool
  • Increased visibility of the French VET system and of the process implemented in France for the continuous improvement of quality in European networks such as EQAVET
Last updated September 13, 2017
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