The Slovenian act on short cycle higher vocational education has marked some changes in November 2013. The amendments to the Act will bring about more autonomy for higher vocational colleges regarding curriculum implementation. The process of accrediting new programmes has been simplified, but still remains the responsibility of a special committee nominated by the Council of Experts for Vocational Education of the Republic of Slovenia. The changes are also expected to increase the flow of knowledge from industry to education institutions since field experts are now easily able to teach in higher vocational colleges. Further collaboration with social partners regarding practical education has been ensured by introducing a procedure for nominating relevant chambers of commerce and industry and consequently securing funds for practical education.
Traditionally in Slovenia short cycle higher vocational education is provided in vocational colleges and is very responsive to the needs of labour market demands as well as focused on high employability of its students.
In 1981, France implemented a policy (the “priority education policy” aimed at strengthening education provision in the most underprivileged areas This is done by allocating additional resources, both in terms of teaching personnel and finance to all primary and secondary schools based in these areas. It is estimated that this policy affects about 20 % of pupils in France. However, studies conducted by the Department of Education reveal that pupils enrolled in the schools benefitting from the “priority education policy” continue to suffer from learning difficulties (Depp, Note d’information n° 13.07, mai 2013. Moreover PISA 2012 results illustrate that France is the OECD country in which a pupil’s socio-economic background is most likely to determine their academic performance and that this situation has in fact deteriorated since 2003. In short, the “priority education policy” does not seem to bring about sufficient results. Because of this, the Minister of Education decided to reform the implementation of the “priority education policy” (eligibility criteria, responsibilities, funding, etc.), while reaffirming its underlying principles. Consultations were organised (the "Assises de l’Education prioritaire" and are now underway (November-December 2013) in the académies. In early 2014, the Minister of Education and the Minster responsible for educational attainment will make the results of the policy reform public. Meanwhile, the government has implemented a number of measures from the beginning of the 2013/2014 school year to improve the learning environment in the most socio-economically underprivileged areas.
The reform is centred around three key words : excellence (of research), consistency (of training provision) and quality (of teaching), with the willingness to promote student’s success.
The core element of the reform is the creation of an umbrella structure : the ARES (Académie de Recherche et d'Enseignement Supérieur). The ARES will be an “Academy” gathering the main higher education stakeholders, in order to complete and better coordinate Higher Education provision in the French Community. The aim is to move from a competitive approach towards stronger collaborations and synergies at institutional level. Higher Education will be organised in 5 geographic clusters. Apart from these structural aspects, the reform focuses on organisation of the curriculum. The guiding thread of the project is the student, his status, the promotion of academic success, the diversity of provision (including proximity for first cycles), and quality of the curriculum. The project also aims at following the international evolution based on excellence, personalised and lifelong curricula, international and pluridisciplinary openness, teachers and students mobility, etc. While the current organisation too often tends to focus on academic failure, the reforms aims at promoting achievement and success.
The implementation of the reform is planned for September 2014.
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