SECOND POLICY LEARNING FORUM Professional development of teachers and trainers 9 – 10 April 2019 Porto Palace Hotel, Thessaloniki, Greece

Cedefop is organising the second policy learning forum (PLF) on developing competences and supporting the professional development of teachers and trainers in vocational education and training (VET).

Professional development of teachers and trainers

Teachers and trainers in vocational education and training (VET) work in the context of innovation, globalisation, rapid technological and societal changes that set challenges to education and training systems across Europe and globally.

The Riga conclusions (2015) called for systematic approaches to and opportunities for initial and continuing professional development of VET teachers and trainers, the European Framework for Quality and effective apprenticeships (2018) and the Teachers and Trainers Matter: How to support them in high-performance apprenticeships and work-based learning. 12 Policy pointers (2018) took forward the importance of teachers and trainers’ competences to ensure quality learning experiences. 

During the first PLF that took place in 2016, the participants discussed how to establish systemic approach to professional development of VET teachers and trainers and highlighted:

  1. their role as agents of trust in ‘crossing the barriers’ between the world of education and the world of work;
  2. the need to keep their level of professionalism up-to-date and in the lifelong learning perspective;
  3. balance between regulation and motivation to cooperate;
  4. the role of school leaders, employers and trade unions in supporting teachers and trainers and
  5. the impact of digital technologies

The second PLF will take these discussions further and address, among others, the following issues:

  1. innovative approaches to professional development of teachers and trainers;
  2. school leadership: their role in supporting teachers and learners and support to leaders;
  3. equipping teachers and trainers for modern pedagogical approaches, innovation and digitalisation, for working with learning-outcome-based standards, curricula and assessment, for supporting learners in various aspects, e.g. career guidance;
  4. partnerships and cooperation of stakeholders and teachers and trainers for quality of learning; teachers and trainers as agents of trust between education and the world of work;
  5. use of research.

As a result of the forum, the participants will:

  1. exchange and share their experience in policy and practice on the topic; 
  2. establish contacts and networking;
  3. explore possible directions for and express interest in further policy learning and policy 
  4. implementation.

The policy learning forum will bring together the participants from national, regional and local authorities, social partners, teacher professional associations, and other stakeholders.

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