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Poland:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Higher Education

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Overview Poland

Contents

Poland:Political, Social and Economic Background and Trends

Poland:Historical Development

Poland:Main Executive and Legislative Bodies

Poland:Population: Demographic Situation, Languages and Religions

Poland:Political and Economic Situation

Poland:Organisation and Governance

Poland:Fundamental Principles and National Policies

Poland:Lifelong Learning Strategy

Poland:Organisation of the Education System and of its Structure

Poland:Organisation of Private Education

Poland:National Qualifications Framework

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

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

Poland:Statistics on Organisation and Governance

Poland:Funding in Education

Poland:Early Childhood and School Education Funding

Poland:Higher Education Funding

Poland:Adult Education and Training Funding

Poland:Early Childhood Education and Care

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Poland:Primary Education

Poland:Organisation of Primary Education

Poland:Teaching and Learning in Primary Education

Poland:Assessment in Primary Education

Poland:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Primary Education

Poland:Secondary and Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Poland:Organisation of General Lower Secondary Education

Poland:Teaching and Learning in General Lower Secondary Education

Poland:Assessment in General Lower Secondary Education

Poland:Organisation of General Upper Secondary Education

Poland:Teaching and Learning in General Upper Secondary Education

Poland:Assessment in General Upper Secondary Education

Poland:Organisation of Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Poland:Teaching and Learning in Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Poland:Assessment in Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Poland:Organisation of Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

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

Poland:Assessment in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Poland:Higher Education

Poland:Types of Higher Education Institutions

Poland:First Cycle Programmes

Poland:Bachelor

Poland:Short-Cycle Higher Education

Poland:Second Cycle Programmes

Poland:Programmes outside the Bachelor and Master Structure

Poland:Third Cycle (PhD) Programmes

Poland:Adult Education and Training

Poland:Distribution of Responsibilities

Poland:Developments and Current Policy Priorities

Poland:Main Providers

Poland:Main Types of Provision

Poland:Validation of Non-formal and Informal Learning

Poland:Teachers and Education Staff

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

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

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

Poland:Initial Education for Academic Staff in Higher Education

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

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

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

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

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

Poland:Management and Other Education Staff

Poland:Management Staff for Early Childhood and School Education

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

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

Poland:Other Education Staff or Staff Working with Schools

Poland:Management Staff for Higher Education

Poland:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Higher Education

Poland:Management Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

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

Poland:Quality Assurance

Poland:Quality Assurance in Early Childhood and School Education

Poland:Quality Assurance in Higher Education

Poland:Quality Assurance in Adult Education and Training

Poland:Educational Support and Guidance

Poland:Special Education Needs Provision within Mainstream Education

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

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

Poland:Guidance and Counselling in Early Childhood and School Education

Poland:Support Measures for Learners in Higher Education

Poland:Guidance and Counselling in Higher Education

Poland:Support Measures for Learners in Adult Education and Training

Poland:Guidance and Counselling in a Lifelong Learning Approach

Poland:Mobility and Internationalisation

Poland:Mobility in Early Childhood and School Education

Poland:Mobility in Higher Education

Poland:Mobility in Adult Education and Training

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

Poland:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Higher Education

Poland:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Adult Education and Training

Poland:Bilateral Agreements and Worldwide Cooperation

Poland:Ongoing Reforms and Policy Developments

Poland:National Reforms in Early Childhood Education and Care

Poland:National Reforms in School Education

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

Poland:National Reforms in Higher Education

Poland:National Reforms related to Transversal Skills and Employability

Poland:European Perspective

Poland:Legislation

Poland:Institutions

Poland:Glossary

The Law on Higher Education (LoHE) of 2005 distinguishes two main categories of staff: academic staff and non-academic staff. Academic staff include research and teaching staff, teaching staff and research staff (see: Section 9.5. – Conditions of Service for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education), and qualified librarians and qualified scientific documentation and information staff (see below). Non-academic staff include research-and-technical staff, library staff and scientific and information staff (except for those who fall into the category of academic teachers), technical staff, financial service staff, administrative staff and support service staff

Qualified librarians and qualified scientific documentation and information staff may take the following positions: senior qualified curator (starszy kustosz dyplomowany) or senior qualified documentalist (starszy dokumentalista dyplomowany); qualified curator (kustosz dyplomowany) or qualified documentalist (dokumentalista dyplomowany); junior librarian (adiunkt biblioteczny) or junior documentation and information officer (adiunkt dokumentacji i informacji naukowej); and assistant librarian (asystent biblioteczny) or documentation and information assistant (asystent dokumentacji i informacji naukowej). Pursuant to the LoHE, these positions may be taken by persons holding a Master’s or equivalent degree, and the statutes of a higher education institution (HEI) may lay down additional requirements and qualifications for these positions. Regardless of their position, they should meet general qualification requirements for academic staff as laid down in the legislation (formal qualifications, full legal capacity and full public rights, no criminal record).

Pursuant to the LoHE, qualified librarians and documentation and information staff are employed under the same terms and conditions as other academic staff (see: Section 9.5. - Conditions of Service for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education), except for the working time. The statutory working time for this category of academic staff is 36 hours per week, but different weekly working hours (e.g. 40 hours) may be set for them in the statutes of a non-public HEI.

The legislation concerning higher education does not distinguish separate categories of staff responsible for quality monitoring, career guidance or counselling. Neither are there any regulations setting qualification requirements or conditions of service for the first two of these three categories.

Arrangements for quality monitoring are developed to a large extent independently by HEIs (see: Section 11.2. - Quality Assurance in Higher Education). HEIs appoint individual persons and/or establish task forces or committees and/or units responsible for quality issues at institutional and faculty or departmental levels, independently setting qualification requirements for those involved. QA task forces or committees are normally composed of academic staff, non-academic (administrative) staff, students and doctoral students. Staff employed on a regular basis in QA units include, in most cases, administrative staff. Depending on the approach adopted in a given HEI, those responsible for quality monitoring carry out various tasks related to designing and implementing an internal QA system, conducting quality evaluation surveys and analysing their results, and monitoring and improving the internal QA system.

Career guidance is provided by careers services which have been established at the majority of HEIs and which employ both career advisers and administrative staff. Qualification requirements for careers service staff are set independently by individual HEIs. In practice, however, heads of such units and some other staff members have formal qualifications of career advisers, gained upon the completion of a degree programme or a non-degree postgraduate programme in the field of career guidance. Their responsibilities include: providing individual and group career guidance to students and graduates in the form of consultations and training courses (self-presentation, career planning, documentation necessary to apply for a job, interview for a job and salary negotiations, job seeking methods); searching for, and collecting, information on the labour market, job offers for future graduates and information about opportunities for gaining work experience and upgrading skills; selecting candidates at the request of employers; organising various events for students, graduates and employers.

Regular administrative staff in QA units and careers services are hired on the basis of an employment contract with the rector or other relevant body of an HEI. The minimum and maximum rates of the basic pay for staff in public HEIs are set in the relevant regulation of the Minister of Science and Higher Education. In accordance with the Labour Code, the weekly working time for this category of staff is 40 hours.

Most HEIs provide counselling services (referred to as psychological support) to their students. Qualification requirements for psychologists are specified in the regulations concerning counselling and the profession of psychologist. Counselling services, which are established at HEIs as institutional or inter-institutional units, employ specialists who hold a Master's degree in psychology and have both a qualification and work experience in psychotherapy. They provide consultation services and organise psychotherapy sessions for interested students.