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Malta:Secondary and Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

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Contents

Malta:Political, Social and Economic Background and Trends

Malta:Historical Development

Malta:Main Executive and Legislative Bodies

Malta:Population: Demographic Situation, Languages and Religions

Malta:Political and Economic Situation

Malta:Organisation and Governance

Malta:Fundamental Principles and National Policies

Malta:Lifelong Learning Strategy

Malta:Organisation of the Education System and of its Structure

Malta:Organisation of Private Education

Malta:National Qualifications Framework

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

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

Malta:Statistics on Organisation and Governance

Malta:Funding in Education

Malta:Early Childhood and School Education Funding

Malta:Higher Education Funding

Malta:Adult Education and Training Funding

Malta:Early Childhood Education and Care

Malta:Organisation of Programmes for Children under 2-3 years

Malta:Teaching and Learning in Programmes for Children under 2-3 years

Malta:Assessment in Programmes for Children under 2-3 years

Malta:Organisation of Programmes for Children over 2-3 years

Malta:Teaching and Learning in Programmes for Children over 2-3 years

Malta:Assessment in Programmes for Children over 2-3 years

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

Malta:Primary Education

Malta:Organisation of Primary Education

Malta:Teaching and Learning in Primary Education

Malta:Assessment in Primary Education

Malta:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Primary Education

Malta:Secondary and Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Malta:Organisation of General Lower Secondary Education

Malta:Teaching and Learning in General Lower Secondary Education

Malta:Assessment in General Lower Secondary Education

Malta:Organisation of General Upper Secondary Education

Malta:Teaching and Learning in General Upper Secondary Education

Malta:Assessment in General Upper Secondary Education

Malta:Organisation of Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Malta:Teaching and Learning in Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Malta:Assessment in Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Malta:Organisation of Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

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

Malta:Assessment in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Malta:Higher Education

Malta:Types of Higher Education Institutions

Malta:First Cycle Programmes

Malta:Bachelor

Malta:Short-Cycle Higher Education

Malta:Second Cycle Programmes

Malta:Programmes outside the Bachelor and Master Structure

Malta:Third Cycle (PhD) Programmes

Malta:Adult Education and Training

Malta:Distribution of Responsibilities

Malta:Developments and Current Policy Priorities

Malta:Main Providers

Malta:Main Types of Provision

Malta:Validation of Non-formal and Informal Learning

Malta:Teachers and Education Staff

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

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

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

Malta:Initial Education for Academic Staff in Higher Education

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

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

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

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

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

Malta:Management and Other Education Staff

Malta:Management Staff for Early Childhood and School Education

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

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

Malta:Other Education Staff or Staff Working with Schools

Malta:Management Staff for Higher Education

Malta:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Higher Education

Malta:Management Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

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

Malta:Quality Assurance

Malta:Quality Assurance in Early Childhood and School Education

Malta:Quality Assurance in Higher Education

Malta:Quality Assurance in Adult Education and Training

Malta:Educational Support and Guidance

Malta:Special Education Needs Provision within Mainstream Education

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

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

Malta:Guidance and Counselling in Early Childhood and School Education

Malta:Support Measures for Learners in Higher Education

Malta:Guidance and Counselling in Higher Education

Malta:Support Measures for Learners in Adult Education and Training

Malta:Guidance and Counselling in a Lifelong Learning Approach

Malta:Mobility and Internationalisation

Malta:Mobility in Early Childhood and School Education

Malta:Mobility in Higher Education

Malta:Mobility in Adult Education and Training

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

Malta:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Higher Education

Malta:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Adult Education and Training

Malta:Bilateral Agreements and Worldwide Cooperation

Malta:Ongoing Reforms and Policy Developments

Malta:National Reforms in Early Childhood Education and Care

Malta:National Reforms in School Education

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

Malta:National Reforms in Higher Education

Malta:National Reforms related to Transversal Skills and Employability

Malta:European Perspective

Malta:Legislation

Malta:Glossary

Education provision in Malta is governed by Chapter 327 of the Laws of Malta (the Education Act) that asserts, among other things, that it is the duty of the State to provide for the secondary education of children of Maltese citizens who have completed their primary education.

In Malta, secondary education is the second cycle of compulsory education provision and is separate from primary education. As from school year 2014-2015 this secondary education cycle, which previously used to have a single five-year structure, is now made up of two separate phases:

  • Following the end of primary education students now proceed to Middle Schools for the first two-years of the secondary cycle;
  • These are then followed by three years of Secondary Schools. The last year of Secondary School marks the end of compulsory education.

Moreover, as from December 2012, the first three years of the secondary cycle now correspond to lower secondary education (ISCED 2) while the fourth year of the secondary cycle marks the onset of upper secondary education (ISCED 3). The first two years of the upper secondary phase form part of the compulsory education phase.

Education provision in the secondary cycle is of a general nature. However, as from school year 2011-2012 students starting their third year of secondary education have the option of choosing to study a vocational subject. This initiative, aimed at providing an alternative educational pathway to students, is being piloted in a number of state and non-state schools and is set to be available to all students attending state schools as from school year 2015/2016.

As from school year 2014/2015 state secondary education is being provided in a co-educational setting. This follows a piloting phase that was carried out in one large secondary school during school year 2013/2014.

At the end of the five-year secondary cycle, students may move on to post-secondary education. Post-secondary education refers to education in the 16-18+ years-of-age range and falls beyond compulsory school age.

Admission to post-secondary institutions is subject to specific entry requirements. Students can either follow an academic or a vocational educational pathway at this level. Daytime courses at post-secondary level are given mostly on a full-time basis. However, some school-based vocational courses are followed on a part-time/apprenticeship basis.

Since school year 2005/2006 a policy for creating more uniform structures for the better integration of feeder primary schools and receiving secondary schools resulted in the establishment of ten state Colleges. All state primary and secondary schools now belong to one of these colleges. Students in the secondary cycle are now set in the core subjects of Maltese, English and Mathematics according to their abilities and achievements.

Following the end of compulsory education, students have a number of educational pathways from which to choose from to further their education:

  1. General post-compulsory upper-secondary education is provided at:
  • Two state higher secondary schools, one situated in Malta and the other on the sister island of Gozo;
  • The Junior College (which falls under the remit of the University of Malta;
  • A number of non-state Sixth Forms within both the Church and the Independent Schools sectors.
  1. On the other hand, vocational education and training programmes are provided at:

Courses are provided on a full-time or part-time basis and are offered at Foundation, Certificate, National Diploma and Higher National Diploma vocational levels and also at tertiary level. The opportunity is also in place for students to follow evening courses thus being able to continue working whilst furthering their studies.
Students enrolled in post-compulsory courses do not pay tuition fees and are entitled to receive a maintenance grant to assist them in their studies. Students who have proven difficult family situation may qualify to receive a further supplementary grant. Sixth Forms run by religious orders ask parents for a voluntary donation while Independent Schools charge tuition fees.

These courses are targeted mainly for 16 to 18-year-olds and older students. Students enrolled in post-compulsory courses do not pay tuition fees and are entitled to a maintenance grant. A number of non-state schools and private educational institutes do provide full-time general and/or academic educational courses however students are here charged tuition fees. The courses within these entities range from academic courses in preparation for university to secretarial studies and information technology studies to management studies amongst others.