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

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Contents

Netherlands:Political, Social and Economic Background and Trends

Netherlands:Historical Development

Netherlands:Main Executive and Legislative Bodies

Netherlands:Population: Demographic Situation, Languages and Religions

Netherlands:Political and Economic Situation

Netherlands:Organisation and Governance

Netherlands:Fundamental Principles and National Policies

Netherlands:Lifelong Learning Strategy

Netherlands:Organisation of the Education System and of its Structure

Netherlands:Organisation of Private Education

Netherlands:National Qualifications Framework

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

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

Netherlands:Statistics on Organisation and Governance

Netherlands:Funding in Education

Netherlands:Early Childhood and School Education Funding

Netherlands:Higher Education Funding

Netherlands:Adult Education and Training Funding

Netherlands:Early Childhood Education and Care

Netherlands:Organisation of Early Childhood Education and Care

Netherlands:Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Education and Care

Netherlands:Assessment in Early Childhood Education and Care

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

Netherlands:Primary Education

Netherlands:Organisation of Primary Education

Netherlands:Teaching and Learning in Primary Education

Netherlands:Assessment in Primary Education

Netherlands:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Primary Education

Netherlands:Secondary and Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Netherlands:Organisation of General Lower Secondary Education

Netherlands:Teaching and Learning in General Lower Secondary Education

Netherlands:Assessment in General Lower Secondary Education

Netherlands:Organisation of General Upper Secondary Education

Netherlands:Teaching and Learning in General Upper Secondary Education

Netherlands:Assessment in General Upper Secondary Education

Netherlands:Organisation of Vocational Secondary Education (MBO)

Netherlands:Teaching and Learning in Vocational Secondary Education (MBO)

Netherlands:Assessment in Vocational Secondary Education (MBO)

Netherlands:Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Netherlands:Higher Education

Netherlands:Types of Higher Education Institutions

Netherlands:First Cycle Programmes

Netherlands:Bachelor

Netherlands:Short-Cycle Higher Education

Netherlands:Second Cycle Programmes

Netherlands:Programmes outside the Bachelor and Master Structure

Netherlands:Third Cycle (PhD) Programmes

Netherlands:Adult Education and Training

Netherlands:Distribution of Responsibilities

Netherlands:Developments and Current Policy Priorities

Netherlands:Main Providers

Netherlands:Main Types of Provision

Netherlands:Validation of Non-formal and Informal Learning

Netherlands:Teachers and Education Staff

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

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

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

Netherlands:Initial Education for Academic Staff in Higher Education

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

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

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

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

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

Netherlands:Management and Other Education Staff

Netherlands:Management Staff for Early Childhood and School Education

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

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

Netherlands:Other Education Staff or Staff Working with Schools

Netherlands:Management Staff for Higher Education

Netherlands:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Higher Education

Netherlands:Management Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

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

Netherlands:Quality Assurance

Netherlands:Quality Assurance in Early Childhood and School Education

Netherlands:Quality Assurance in Higher Education

Netherlands:Quality Assurance in Adult Education and Training

Netherlands:Educational Support and Guidance

Netherlands:Special Education Needs Provision within Mainstream Education

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

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

Netherlands:Guidance and Counselling in Early Childhood and School Education

Netherlands:Support Measures for Learners in Higher Education

Netherlands:Guidance and Counselling in Higher Education

Netherlands:Support Measures for Learners in Adult Education and Training

Netherlands:Guidance and Counselling in a Lifelong Learning Approach

Netherlands:Mobility and Internationalisation

Netherlands:Mobility in Early Childhood and School Education

Netherlands:Mobility in Higher Education

Netherlands:Mobility in Adult Education and Training

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

Netherlands:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Higher Education

Netherlands:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Adult Education and Training

Netherlands:Bilateral Agreements and Worldwide Cooperation

Netherlands:Ongoing Reforms and Policy Developments

Netherlands:National Reforms in Early Childhood Education and Care

Netherlands:National Reforms in School Education

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

Netherlands:National Reforms in Higher Education

Netherlands:National Reforms related to Transversal Skills and Employability

Netherlands:European Perspective

Netherlands:Legislation

Netherlands:Institutions

Netherlands:Bibliography

Netherlands:Glossary

Organisational aspects

The National Education Agreement indicates that continuing professional development is a right: all teachers must be enabled to maintain and develop their level of competence. It is also an obligation: the quality of education, the importance of the profession and growing professional autonomy make ongoing development a must for teachers.

Teacher development grants

Good teachers are essential for good education. Agreements on teachers’ professional development are set out in the 2013-2020 Teachers Agenda, which was drawn up in consultation with teachers, school leaders, governing bodies and teacher trainers.

It is vital for teachers to keep up to date. To enhance their professional skills, every teacher in the Netherlands, including those in higher professional education, is entitled to a grant from the teacher development fund once in their teaching career. They may use it to study for a first or second bachelor’s or master’s degree.

From 2015 all teachers must be given sufficient time, funding and opportunity to maintain their professional skills. Collective labour agreements will contain agreements about the time and facilities available for in-service training and continuing professional development. The government wants teaching staff at HBO institutions to hold at least a master’s degree. To this end, it has set aside an extra €14 million for approximately 1,800 teacher development grants.

Costs covered
The teacher development grant helps to cover:

  • course fees or tuition fees (a maximum of €3,500 for statutory tuition fees and €7,000 for institutional fees+)
  • a maximum of €700 for study materials and travel

+Applicants who do not meet the requirements for statutory tuition fees must pay the fees set by individual institutions.

The employer can also apply for funding to arrange a supply teacher during study leave.

Grants for courses elsewhere in the EU
The teacher development grant can also be spent on a bachelor’s or master’s degree course elsewhere in the EU, providing the level is equivalent to that in the Netherlands. The Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education (Nuffic) assesses courses and advises the Education Executive Agency (DUO) on eligibility.

The conditions for awarding teacher development grants can be found on the DUO website.

PhD grants for teachers

The PhD grant is for teachers who want to obtain a PhD. The grant enables qualified teachers to conduct doctoral research at a university and write a doctoral dissertation. They are free to choose their own subject area and research topic. Higher education teaching staff are also eligible for a PhD grant. The idea is to strengthen the link between schools and universities. An annual €9.5 million is being made available for PhD grants. In 2014 and 2015 about 90 grants were available.

Eligibility for PhD grants
A teacher who wishes to apply for a PhD grant first comes up with a research idea and then, with the help of a professor who is willing to supervise the research, develops it as a research proposal. The proposal is then assessed by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

Teachers who qualify for a PhD grant are exempted from their teaching duties two days a week for four years, on full salary, to enable them to conduct their research. Their school receives funding for a supply teacher for the days in question.

Incentives for participation in continuing professional development (CPD) activities

Every post in the Dutch education system has a corresponding salary scale. Extra funding from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) enables schools to offer their teachers better career prospects. Through promotion, teachers can earn a higher salary. Schools get an extra allowance to enable them to remunerate teachers in higher salary scales. This has the effect of strengthening the mix of posts and salary levels. The same principle applies in higher professional education (HBO). The agreements on salary diversification are set out in the Voluntary Agreement for the Teaching Profession in the Netherlands. This document also contains information about the agreements for staff in higher professional education. Click here for further information (in Dutch only).