First study organized by the Czech School Inspectorate
Study visits are part of the Lifelong learning programme of the European Union and allow participants to acquire new knowledge on the theme of their visit and the education and training systems of host countries. They also help them to become aware of new trends and latest developments and to establish new contacts.
Each study visit and the entire programme contribute to achieving the objectives of the Lisbon strategy for growth and jobs and the Education and training 2010 work programme, as well as the Bologna and Copenhagen processes and their successors.
Study visits bring participants responsible for education and training policies together for an intensive week of exchange of knowledge, experience and expertise. It is an excellent opportunity to meet experts and specialists from other countries to learn about and discuss issues of common interest, establish contacts for future cooperation and take ideas back home.
The Czech School Inspectorate decided to join the study visits programme and organised its first study visit on Evaluation policy in the Czech education system last May.
During one week our guests from Estonia, France, Croatia, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Turkey and the Great Britain had the opportunity to visit various educational institutions and schools, not only in Prague, but also in Hradec Kralove. The Czech School Inspectorate also held a seminar “Evaluation of the educational system in the Czech Republic and other EU countries “. During this seminar, the participants of the study visits programme presented evaluation systems of their countries which provided the audience with an excellent insight into European education and various forms of evaluation systems in different EU Member States. The final evaluation of the participants themselves clearly indicated their satisfaction with the topic, quality, professional and organizational mastery of the event.
Organising this study visit was also very rewarding and beneficial for the Czech School Inspectorate, as it was a rich learning experience. It was also a chance to present our work and achievements to all participants, get new stimulus for development, raise European visibility, find partners for further cooperation and boost staff motivation.
(based on information taken from www.cedefop.europa.eu and http://studyvisits.cedefop.europa.eu/)