Enhancing Competences and Motivation in the Education Profession

Teachers and trainers, at all levels and in all types of education and training, are an indispensable driving force of education and training. They have a crucial role in preparing individuals of all backgrounds and ages to live, learn and work in the world of today, as well as in creating and leading future changes.

Council conclusions of June 9, 2020 on European teachers and trainers for the future.

However, the constantly changing world of education and training, with increasing demands, responsibilities and expectations on the profession and the professionals, have an effect not only on the competences required, but also on teachers’ and trainers’ wellbeing and the attractiveness of the teaching profession. Furthermore, the quality of education and training impacts how individuals of all backgrounds and ages are prepared to live, learn and work in the world of today, as well as in creating and leading future changes.

Therefore, development of key competences, their validation and the provision of competence-oriented education, training and learning should be supported by establishing good practices for better support of educational staff in their tasks and improving their education, for updating assessment and validation methods and tools, and for introducing new and innovative forms of teaching and learning.

These issues were addressed on June 24, during the third of a series of five online discussions on the new Strategic Framework for Education and Training (ET2030), established by Council resolution on a strategic framework for European Cooperation in education and training towards the European Education Area and beyond (2021-2030) of February 2021.

The online session focused on the third strategic priority of ET2030 – Enhancing Competences and Motivation in the Education Profession and addressed the competences (knowledge, skills and attitudes) educators need, and what policies and practical provisions can support teachers and trainers to acquire and develop them throughout their careers.

Panel Members:

  • Joanne Rita Grima – Chief Executive Officer, Institute for Education
  • Dr Colin Calleja – Dean, Faculty of Education, University of Malta
  • Emile Vassallo – Director General, Directorate for Educational Services, Ministry for Education.

Issues that were raised by participants during the discussion:

  • Support innovation, inclusion, quality and achievement in education and training
  • Care for well-being of teachers, trainers and educational staff
  • Implementation of policies has to involve not only teachers, but parents, guardians and the whole community
  • Increase the attractiveness of the teaching profession
  • Facilitating networking, knowledge sharing and mobility among institutions
  • The services are there, but they should be pushed into schools and not the other way round
  • Experiences abroad for educators increase motivation and gives them the message that they are worth investing in.

Submissions of written feedback on the topic and registration for the upcoming online sessions may be done by email to info.sem@gov.mt.

The discussions on the ET2030 priorities are organised by Servizzi Ewropej f’Malta and the Ministry for Education to provide information on priorities in education and training at European Union level, consult about the implications for Malta and identify key priority areas for future involvement. The outcome of the sessions will feed into the national strategy and actions in the field of education and training.

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