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Greece:Education Staff Responsible for Guidance in Early Childhood and School Education

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Greece:Political, Social and Economic Background and Trends

Greece:Historical Development

Greece:Main Executive and Legislative Bodies

Greece:Population: Demographic Situation, Languages and Religions

Greece:Political and Economic Situation

Greece:Organisation and Governance

Greece:Fundamental Principles and National Policies

Greece:Lifelong Learning Strategy

Greece:Organisation of the Education System and of its Structure

Greece:Organisation of Private Education

Greece:National Qualifications Framework

Greece:Administration and Governance at Central and/or Regional Level

Greece:Administration and Governance at Local and/or Institutional Level

Greece:Statistics on Organisation and Governance

Greece:Funding in Education

Greece:Early Childhood and School Education Funding

Greece:Higher Education Funding

Greece:Adult Education and Training Funding

Greece:Early Childhood Education and Care

Greece:Organisation of Programmes for Children under 4 years

Greece:Teaching and Learning in Programmes for Children under 4 years

Greece:Assessment in Programmes for Children under 4 years

Greece:Organisation of Programmes for Children over 4 years

Greece:Teaching and Learning in Programmes for Children over 4 years

Greece:Assessment in Programmes for Children over 4 years

Greece:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Early Childhood Education and Care

Greece:Primary Education

Greece:Organisation of Primary Education

Greece:Teaching and Learning in Primary Education

Greece:Assessment in Primary Education

Greece:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Primary Education

Greece:Secondary and Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Greece:Organisation of General Lower Secondary Education

Greece:Teaching and Learning in General Lower Secondary Education

Greece:Assessment in General Lower Secondary Education

Greece:Organisation of General Upper Secondary Education

Greece:Teaching and Learning in General Upper Secondary Education

Greece:Assessment in General Upper Secondary Education

Greece:Organisation of Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Greece:Teaching and Learning in Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Greece:Assessment in Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Greece:Organisation of Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Greece:Teaching and Learning in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Greece:Assessment in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Greece:Higher Education

Greece:Types of Higher Education Institutions

Greece:First Cycle Programmes

Greece:Bachelor

Greece:Short-Cycle Higher Education

Greece:Second Cycle Programmes

Greece:Programmes outside the Bachelor and Master Structure

Greece:Third Cycle (PhD) Programmes

Greece:Adult Education and Training

Greece:Distribution of Responsibilities

Greece:Developments and Current Policy Priorities

Greece:Main Providers

Greece:Main Types of Provision

Greece:Validation of Non-formal and Informal Learning

Greece:Teachers and Education Staff

Greece:Initial Education for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Conditions of Service for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece: Initial Education for Academic Staff in Higher Education

Greece:Conditions of Service for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Greece:Continuing Professional Development for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Greece:Initial Education for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Conditions of Service for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Management and Other Education Staff

Greece:Management Staff for Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Staff Involved in Monitoring Educational Quality for Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Education Staff Responsible for Guidance in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Other Education Staff or Staff Working with Schools

Greece:Management Staff for Higher Education

Greece:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Higher Education

Greece:Management Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Quality Assurance

Greece:Quality Assurance in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Quality Assurance in Higher Education

Greece:Quality Assurance in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Educational Support and Guidance

Greece:Special Education Needs Provision within Mainstream Education

Greece:Separate Special Education Needs Provision in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Support Measures for Learners in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Guidance and Counselling in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Support Measures for Learners in Higher Education

Greece:Guidance and Counselling in Higher Education

Greece:Support Measures for Learners in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Guidance and Counselling in a Lifelong Learning Approach

Greece:Mobility and Internationalisation

Greece:Mobility in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Mobility in Higher Education

Greece:Mobility in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Higher Education

Greece:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Bilateral Agreements and Worldwide Cooperation

Greece:Ongoing Reforms and Policy Developments

Greece:National Reforms in Early Childhood Education and Care

Greece:National Reforms in School Education

Greece:National Reforms in Vocational Education and Training and Adult Learning

Greece:National Reforms in Higher Education

Greece:National Reforms related to Transversal Skills and Employability

Greece:European Perspective

Greece:Legislation

Greece:Institutions

Greece:Glossary

As stated in Chapter 12 «Educational Support and Guidance», and more specifically in section “Guidance and Counselling in Early Childhood and School Education”, the institution of School Advisors is being utilized for providing guidance over issues pertaining to students’ education in early childhood and school education.  By virtue of Law 1304/1982 and Ministerial Decision Φ. 353.1/324/105657/Δ1/8-10-2002, School Advisors are responsible for providing scientific and pedagogical guidance, support and training to teachers within the area under their jurisdiction. School Advisors are permanent public primary and secondary education teachers. They are selected and appointed to the specific education executive’s position for a four-year tenure according to the provisions of Law 3848/2010. They are teachers of increased qualifications, holders of postgraduate or PhD degrees, with written and research work. Prerequisite for their selection is, inter alia, a guidance proficiency certificate awarded after attending the respective special programme at the National Center for Public Administration and Local Government.  Extensive information on School Advisors is available in the previous section, entitled «Staff Involved in Monitoring Educational Quality for Early Childhood and School Education».

Career guidance services to secondary education students is provided through Counselling and Guidance Centres  (KESYPs) of the Ministry of Education. These operate at regional level per Directorate of Education (Laws 1566/1985, 2525/1997, 2986/2002). KESYPs are providing services for students, young adults (ages 18-25), parents/guardians and teachers. They are providing counselling support services to students, parents/guardians and teachers for issues pertaining to future career (educational, professional) and social development. They also provide information/material on educational and professional options.

Additionally, under a circular of the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs on the development and implementation of School Activity Programmes in Secondary Education schools, Career Guidance is a process that seeks to help students understand their talents and enhance their skills in order to be able to self-manage decisions pertaining to their personal and professional progression. Career Guidance is a Career Education programme. Each guidance team can collaborate with regional or local authorities, other KESYPs, Higher Education Institutes, research centres, governmental or non-governmental organisations as well as occupational and welfare organisations etc., in order to carry out visitations, meetings, online conference calls, short field research, interviews and other activities that may be useful to the programme. School Career Guidance (SEP) Counsellors serving KESYPs are responsible for providing information and support to the interested teachers. They generally work together not only for the development of Career Education programmes, but also for their implementation.

By virtue of Ministerial Decision 92984/Γ7/10-8-2012, two (2) officials in charge of School Education Guidance (SEP) are appointed at every KESYP for a three year tenure  following a selection and secondment procedure. The said officials may be permanent public secondary education teachers of any specialization and tertiary education graduates. Criteria for their selection are, inter alia, their scientific –pedagogical training and their experience in School Career Guidance and Counseling. 

Candidates must be tertiary education graduates who work as public secondary education tenured teachers (regardless of speciality) serving under the Regional Directorate of Primary and Secondary Education that relates to the KESYP they are applying for, and have a total of six (6) years’ experience in education, out of which a minimum of three (3) years has been spent in teaching. 

The selection criteria are

  • their academic – pedagogical background and training,
  • their service status and experience in career guidance/counselling and
  • their personality and general background.

Higher Regional Secondary Education Service Councils (APYSDEs) are responsible for the selection of School Career Guidance and KESYP officers.

Upon decision issued by the respective Regional Director of Education, applicants who have been included in the final lists are appointed in SEP vacancies in KESYPs in order of priority and preference.

As teachers, SEP Officers may be transferred but their new term starts after the end of their previous three-year term.

When their term is over, they may return to their initial post. In case these are no longer vacant, they may be appointed in a vacancy at a school of their choice.

The appointment of SEP Officers in KESYPs may be terminated upon decision issued by the Regional Director of Education and opinion of the relevant APYSDE, if:

a) they give, in written, serious personal or family reasons or health reasons that can be justified

b) they are selected to serve as education officers or

c) they fail to perform their duties

As regards psychological support to students, the Counseling Service Offices for the Youth, have been established as provided by article 2 of Law 1894/1990 falling under the relative Education Directorates’ jurisdiction. The Counselling Service Offices for the Youth (one operating at every Secondary Education Directorate in the country) offer their services to students confronted with personal, psychological, family or social problems. They take special interest in cooperating and supporting  families involved. By virtue of Ministerial Decision 93008/Γ7/10-08-2012, following a selection and secondment procedure, one (1) Executive in Charge is appointed at every Counselling Service Office for the Youth for a three year tenure. The said executive must be tertiary education graduates who work as public secondary education tenured teachers (regardless of speciality) serving under the Regional Directorate of Primary and Secondary Education that relates to the SSN they are applying for, and have a total of six (6) years’ experience in education, out of which a minimum of three (3) years has been spent in teaching.  One criterion, inter alia, for the selection of the teachers seconded and appointed as executives in charge of the Counselling Service Offices for the Youth is their specialisation (studies, postgraduate degrees or PhDs) in the field of Psychology and Counselling.

Regional Secondary Education Service Councils (PYSDEs) are responsible for the selection of SSN officers.

Upon decision issued by the respective Regional Director of Education, applicants who have been included in the final lists are appointed in SSN vacancies in order of priority and preference.

As teachers, SSN Officers may be transferred but their new term starts after the end of their previous three-year term.

When their term is over, they may return to their initial post. In case these are no longer vacant, they may be appointed in a vacancy at a school of their choice.

The appointment of SSN Officers in KESYPs may be terminated upon decision issued by the Regional Director of Education and opinion of the relevant PYSDE, if:

a) they give, in written, serious personal or family reasons or health reasons that can be justified

b) they are selected to serve as education officers or

c) they fail to perform their duties

Health Education is included in the Primary and Secondary Education School Activities. One (1) Health Education Officer is appointed for the development and implementation of Health Education Programmes running under the Directorates of Primary and Secondary Education in Athens A, Athens B, Athens C, Athens D, East Attica, W­est Attica, Piraeus, East Thessaloniki, West Thessaloniki and Achaia   Other Directorates of Primary and Secondary Education are staffed with one (1) School Activities (SD) Officer.

Health Education Officers are working together with the wider educational community in order to implement health education programmes in schools, and set up training seminars and events on topics pertaining to Interpersonal Relationships and Mental Health, Nutrition and eating habits, Oral Hygiene, Sex Education, Road Traffic Safety Education, stress management, addictive substances and diseases.

Under Ministerial Decision 92998/Γ7/10-8-2012, Health Education/School Activities Officers must be tertiary education graduates working as public secondary education tenured teachers (regardless of rank), with a strong academic-pedagogical background and experience in Health or Health Education and a total of six (6) years’ experience in education, out of which a minimum of three (3) years has been spent in teaching.

Regional Primary Education Service Councils (PYSPEs) and Regional Secondary Education Service Councils (PYSDEs) are responsible for the selection of these officers.

Upon decision issued by the respective Regional Director of Education, applicants who have been included in the final lists are appointed in Officer vacancies in order of priority and preference.

As teachers, Officers may be transferred but their new term starts after the end of their previous three-year term.

When their term is over, they may return to their initial post. In case these are no longer vacant, they may be appointed in a vacancy at a school of their choice.

The appointment of Health Education/School Activities Officers may be terminated upon decision issued by the Regional Director of Education and opinion of the relevant PYSPE/PYSDE, if:

a) they give, in written, serious personal or family reasons or health reasons that can be justified

b) they are selected to serve as education officers or

c) they fail to perform their duties