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Poland:Support Measures for Learners in Adult Education and Training

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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

Definition of the target group(s)

There are two categories of disadvantaged people in adult education:

  • disabled persons, i.e. persons holding a statement/certificate confirming a degree of disability;
  • persons in a difficult financial situation, including the unemployed and job seekers.

The unemployed are defined as people who are registered as ‘unemployed’ with district labour offices.

Job seekers are defined as people who:

  • have been given notice of termination of their employment or service relationship for reasons concerning the employer;
  • are employed by an employer who has been declared bankrupt or is in the process of liquidation, excluding liquidation for the purpose of privatization;
  • receive a social security benefit for the mining industry (miner’s leave allowance or welfare allowance);
  • take part in activities organized by the Social Integration Centre or follow an individual integration programme (Social Employment Law of 13 June 2003: Journal of Law 2011. No. 43, item 225, as subsequently amended; Welfare Act of 12 March 2004, Journal of Law No. 2016, item913, as subsequently amended);
  • are reserve soldiers;
  • receive a training allowance;
  • receive a training benefit referred to in Article 70 (6) of the Act on the Promotion of Employment and Labour Market Institutions;
  • are fully covered under the social security scheme for farmers if they are a member of their household or spouse intending to take up employment, any type of paid work or economic activity outside the agricultural sector.

Specific support measures

Schools for adults, continuing education centres, practical training centres and in-service training centres provide psychological and educational support.

Entities offering continuing education in non-school settings are required to provide disabled persons with appropriate organisational and technical conditions allowing them to participate in education. (Regulation of the Ministry of National Education of 11 January 2012 on continuing education in non-school settings: Journal of Law 2014, item 662).

The national legislation provides for conditions and forms of examinations to be adapted to the needs of adult persons who are blind, visually impaired, deaf, with hearing impairment, with physical disabilities, including aphasia, with mild intellectual disabilities or autism, including Asperger’s syndrome, and who take an examination confirming vocational qualifications on completion of a vocational course or a distance learning course. This is done on the basis of a certificate issued by a doctor and confirming their dysfunctions.

Students attending schools for adults are entitled to financial support until they complete their education or reach 24 years of age.

Persons who are in a difficult financial situation, unemployed, looking for a job and between jobs, as well as disabled people are also eligible to receive support from the Welfare Services as part of programmes targeting these groups.

If public institutions and centres offering continuing education in non-school settings charge fees for education in non-school settings, persons in a difficult financial situation may apply to the head of such a centre for:

  • an extension of the time limit for fee payment;
  • consent to pay the fee in instalments;
  • full or partial fee waiver.

The head of a public institution or centre may grant a full or partial fee waiver to a person with a low income, in particular when the person’s income does not exceed the amount specified in Art. 8 (1) (1 or 2) of the Welfare Act of 12 March 2003, i.e. PLN 461 for one-person households or PLN 316 for per capita household income (Welfare Act of 12 March 2004, Journal of Laws 2016, item 930 ,as subsequently amended).

On the same conditions as those offered to Polish nationals, education in public schools for adults, public colleges of social work and continuing education in the form of vocational courses is provided to:

  • nationals of European Union Member States, member states of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) – signatories of the European Economic Area (EEA) agreement (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and of the Swiss Confederation, and members of their families who have a residence or permanent residence permit;
  • persons of Polish origin within the meaning of the legislation on repatriation;
  • persons who have been granted the following rights in the territory of the Republic of Poland:
    • a permanent residence permit;,
    • subsidiary protection, also covering members of their family;
    • a permit for tolerated stay;
    • a permission for stay for humanitarian reasons, also covering members of their family;
    • temporary protection;
    • an EU long-term resident permit;
    • a temporary residence permit in the cases specified in Art. 127, 159 (1), 176 or 186 (1) (3 or 4) of the Act of 12 December 2013 on Foreigners (Act of 12 December 2013 on Foreigners: Journal of Law, item 1650, as subsequently amended);
  • persons who have been granted refugee status and members of their family;
  • refugee status seekers’ family members;
  • persons holding a valid Polish Card;
  • persons whose entitlement results from international agreements;
  • persons holding a residence permit with the annotation “access to the labour market”, a Schengen visa or a national visa issued for the purposes of work in the territory of the Republic of Poland;
  • persons who have been granted a scholarship by the Minister of National Education, the body managing a school or the head of a school.

Other non-nationals may enrol in:

  • public schools for adults,
  • public post-secondary schools,
  • public arts schools,
  • public educational and training institutions.
  • public colleges of social work,
  • vocational qualification courses as part of continuing education

on a fee-paying basis.

The level of fees and arrangements for fee payment are determined by the body managing a given school, taking into consideration expected costs of education and possible full and partial fee waivers.