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

Schools for primary, secondary and special education have their own budgets for in-service training. They decide on both the actual content of courses and the institution that provides the training.

There are no specific in-service training institutions governed by law. Courses can be provided by institutions within both the public and commercial domain. Many are provided by teacher training institutions (HBO institutions and universities with teacher training departments). They are sometimes organised in cooperation with the school advisory services, one of the national educational advisory centres or experts from outside the education system.

Teacher development grant
As of 2008, teachers wishing to raise their professional level, deepen their specialist knowledge or specialise can apply to the Education Executive Agency for a teacher development grant. They may use it to study for a first or second bachelor’s or master’s degree.

The grant is intended for qualified teachers in primary and secondary education, and in secondary vocational and higher professional education. They can only apply for a grant once in their teaching career.

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.

To qualify for a grant, applicants must:

  • be qualified primary, secondary or vocational education teachers, or, for teachers in higher professional education, have at least a bachelor’s degree;
  • spend at least 20% of their working hours on teaching duties.

As of 2013, peripatetic supervisors in mainstream or special education may also apply for a grant. Peripatetic supervisors do not teach but assist special needs pupils with a personal budget.

PhD grants for teachers
The PhD grant is for teachers in, for instance, primary, secondary and special education 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.

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) (only available in Dutch).

Teachers who qualify for a PhD grant are exempted from teaching duties for two days a week, on full salary, over a period of four years, so that they can 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

Obligation to maintain standards
With the entry into force of the Education Professions Act (BIO) at the start of the 2006/2007 school year, every school board is now obliged to take measures and introduce instruments to ensure that the staff to whom standards of competence apply can maintain their skills.

In 2006 employers’ organisations and trade unions in the primary and secondary education sectors signed a voluntary agreement on the professional development and training of staff, with provisions on training and support for students, trainee teachers and other education personnel.

Every teaching 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. This system, which applies in primary, secondary, secondary vocational and higher professional education, encourages teachers to continue their professional development. The agreements (only available in Dutch) on salary diversification are set out in a series of voluntary agreements. Click here for more information on the mix of posts and salary levels (only available in Dutch).