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August 23, 2017

Pilot phase started

Zwolle (NL), August 2017 - In the Netherlands the pilot phase of the QUAL4T2 project started with workshops on different Landstede locations. Teams involved in the pilot are from different professional sectors: social care, health care, security, sports, secretarial profession. The project partners should pilot with a minimum of 100 persons, this number is now quite increased through the enthusiasm of the Landstede teachers... Beforehand team members filled a questionnaire, that you will find as tool no. 1. The outcomes have been gathered in an overview to show the team where they stand in the process of quality culture. But also how they feel individually about the process of the team year plan development and the possession of the necessary knowledge to do write a good plan. This lead to open conversations between team members. When talking about a culture of quality improvement starts, teams have to make decisions and 'rules': on which topics do we focus this year? Teams also need to be realistic: what can we handle as a team? Which knowledge do we possess and when do we need a specialist? How many hours can we spend? How many aims can we work on? Which rules do we keep as a team? And, very important: which educational vision do we have and follow towards our students? Teams all got introduced to the QUAL4T2 Quality guide and toolkit. The toolkit contains tools around different main themes: Quality culture, tools for an effective team year plan, and different year plan models Interested? You can download and use the pilot version of guide and toolkit through our website: www.qual4t.project.org/products/qual4t2

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July 12, 2017

Meeting on national level

Utrecht (NL), July 2017 - On July 12. Qual4T2 project coordinator Margrieta Kroese participated in a special meeting in which national decision makers and regional VET-organisations talked about the future continuing quality assurance in Vocational education and training (VET) in The Netherlands. In this meeting the Ministry of OCW was presented by mrs. Van den Boom. In behalf of the Inspectorate mr. Lankmeyer was participating. The national VET-counsil was represented by mr. Romme. Eight Dutch quality advisors were invited, representing 8 different VET-organisations: ROC Nijmegen, Koning Willem 1, ROC WestBrabant, ROC TOP, Aventus, ROC van Twente, Hoornbeeck and of course Landstede. The group discussed the Education report 2016, in which it seemed that the improvement in Quality within VET is not continuing in the way it was in 2015. The quality experts of the VET organisations gave their own views on this. Second topic was: How to further improve and change the quality culture in a school. As this is one of the main topics in the QUAL4T2-project, Margrieta Kroese informed the participants about the outcomes of the research phase, and the development of the quality guide and toolkit for teams. All representatives got the project brochure, and Mrs. Alie Kamphuis ( EQAVETNL) got a first print of the guide and tools. The meeting was an initiative of the Ministry of Education (OCW), and organised by the National reference point EQAVET, and will get a followup through a national publication.

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July 7, 2017

Evaluation and Quality Assurance workshop

Piraeus (EL) 3-7/7/2017- IDEC piloted some of the tools of Qual4T2 project during the training course “Evaluation and Quality Assurance in schools and training organisations” on 3-7/7/2017 in Piraeus.

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July 5, 2017

Dissemination activity at Pixels, Florence, 5 July 2017

Florence (It), July 2017 - The director and two staff members have been introduced in the Qual4T2 project and its target group and products. Also extra brochures are left for the trainers and teachers that visit Pixel for one of the training programs. Pixel, is an international education and training institution with over 15 years of experience in international cooperation and European project management. Established in Florence (Italy) in January 1999, Pixel is engaged in a constant improvement in the quality of the services performed. Pixel obtained quality certification according to UNI EN ISO 9001. Pixel is also accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education and by the Tuscany Regional Government. 15 people work as full time staff at Pixel, also over 100 external experts and trainers cooperate with Pixel. Pixel has a specific expertise and a long experience in the following areas: • Organization of international education and training initiatives • Direct submission and management of European projects • Organization of international events and conferences in the field of education • Organization of international study visits, mobility and exchanges • Transnational Networking and Partnerships

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June 21, 2017

Tool 3: The Lighthouse Vision

Koge (DK), June 21, 2017 - Currently, the QUAL4T2 partners are working on the tools for the Quality Book for Teams – and in this connection the management team of Koege Business School has shared their ideas of connecting strategic visions and concrete action oriented plans in teams. Koege Business School has developed a tool called the Lighthouse – as it aims to help teams to work towards the same goal on a long-term basis. Based on common discussions in the organization about competences, values and identity, the Lighthouse model symbolizes the process of obtaining common visions and goals.

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