MOE Removes Secondary School Banding and Revamps School Awards
Ministry of Education Press Release (September 12, 2012)
The Ministry of Education has announced plans to modify its measures of school effectiveness and will shift its emphasis to promote best practices over academic banding (or tracking). Reforms include abolishment of school rankings that are based on academic results, an emphasis on good practices over score-based awards, and building partnerships with parents and the community. The MOE will promote sharing across schools by establishing an online Good School Practices (GSP) repository to encourage the sharing of ideas between schools and teachers.
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The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D.
Minister Quinn gives go ahead for major restructuring of initial teacher education provision
Press Release, Irish Department of Education and Skills (September 5, 2012)
The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., will go ahead with a sweeping overhaul to teacher education. Following recommendations from a recent Higher Education Authority (HEA) report, only six “centres for teacher education” will provide Initial Teacher Education (ITE) offering primary and post-primary teaching. In the new system, greater emphasis will be placed on literacy, math and pedagogical skills. Additional curricular reforms have already been outlined by the Minister.
The HEA has been asked to submit a report with more formal proposals and financial implications by the end of the year.
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Scholarships for teachers
Ministry of Education (30 May 2012)
The Department of Education is providing scholarships to primary and secondary school teachers to undertake an undergraduate or graduate degree. Teachers can apply for a scholarship of €7,000/year to improve their level of education. The Ministry of Education believes this will also improve the quality of teaching in the Netherlands.
Academic primary school
Council of Christian School Boards (30 May 2012)
One percent of Dutch primary schools have a status of “academic schools.” These schools have contracted with research departments to establish research activities in their schools which are cooperatively implemented by primary school teachers and researchers. The results of this research are expected to directly benefit the quality of teaching and learning in these schools, as the schools enrolled in the program share data with one another. The Department of Education sponsors these activities as a means to improve the quality of elementary education.
Language training program to be extended
The Ministry of Education (25 May 2012)
Since the 2006-2007 school year, students with a first language other than German have participated in language training courses at school. These courses have been offered to groups of more than eight (8) students for eleven (11) hours per week. For this purpose, the Government has provided 440 posts, equivalent to 9,500 hours of work and costing €23.9 million (approx. $30 million). Because evaluations have indicated the program’s positive impact, the Austrian government will invest a further €47.8 million (approx. $60 million) in the project up to 2014.
A new strategy for lower secondary school
Ministry of Education (15 May 2012)
For the first time in 40 years, the Ministry of Education has released a white paper on strategies for developing lower secondary education in Norway. The aim is to enhance motivation and learning outcomes for all students. The strategy plan runs from school year 2012/13 through 2016/17.
The curricula for the following eight new electives will be ready in June:
– stage and performance
– media and information
– production of goods and services
– physical activity and health
– design and redesign
– practical research
– practical technology
– international cooperation