Strong cooperation between management and teams
October 2018, Koege (DK) - In Denmark there is a high level of freedom for the individual teacher when it comes to teaching methods. That means that many decisions concerning the daily operations are made decentralised in the individual teams. On the one hand, it is very good that the decisions are made where they are to be carried out and implemented, but on the other hand, it can be difficult for the management to support and help the teams in the process. Therefore, we have worked hard to ensure a high degree of transparency.
Naturally, teachers are absorbed in their teaching, as it is the primary part of their working lives. Consequently, sometimes important elements of the daily cooperation in the teams can be forgotten, because it is regarded as a secondary task. A clear and considered structure for the team work is therefore a significant factor to increase the quality – and it will of course benefit both teachers, students as well as the management.
During the school year 2017-2018 we have, at our department, worked on strengthening the quality of the cooperation in our teams through the Qual4T2 project. Fortunately, both the teams and the management wanted to cooperate and exchange ideas in the process, which enabled us to make sure that we reached the best possible result.
Already early in the process, the teams decided that the management should be involved at least twice during a school year – in the beginning and at the end of each school year. The agenda of these meetings focused on discussions between the management and the team as a whole – for instance about resources, involvement of the general plan of the school, etc. By having this dialogue with a team, all team members have the same contact and access to the management.
“As a manager of the teams we have included in the Qual4T2 project, I am very pleased with the results we have reached together so far, and I will continue working with the good structure of the project”, says Hans Severinsen, head of the VET Department at Koege Business College. “I believe we have ensured that more team members have a say and are involved, and that everyone in the team takes part in a dialogue about common goals.”