This project is aimed primarily at the organisational level in the education sector; it is intended to be a practical tool to assist those with responsibility for employment, such as school managers, policy makers and social partners, as well as teachers and trainers, (continuous professional development, or CPD, trainers in particular) to ensure that the school workforce ageing is managed successfully and that age does not become a barrier to employment.
From the point of view of educators, age management presents sets of actions for the needs of people of different ages (not just for the older employees) with the aim to prepare the educators for the moment when the school will have to employ a significantly larger rate of employees aged over 50 than it does today. This project will address the school staff, VET teachers and trainers in particular. The CPD program designed in this project will target professional teaching staff and will reflect the current needs in the ageing school environment.
The main objective of the project is to develop a set of practical tools for educators of all levels (especially VET providers) that relate to age management in the education sector. The set of tools will consist of collections of best practice examples on solutions to age-related issues in schools, comparative analysis of the case studies and recommendations for the educators on the effective choice of age management measures. In addition, a curriculum for training of selected school staff in age related topics will be developed as well as a model introductory training program. The program outputs will be made available digitally to the public upon their completion.
Case study on age management in the education sector
This output will be the result of a survey investigating the best practices in educational age management. The partners intend to amalgamate 24 examples of schools which have implemented successful age management practices in their institution. Based on the collected data, a set of recommendations for schools and education centres will be created which will contain detailed instruction and step-by-step guidance on how exactly the situation described in the good practice example can or should be solved, which decisions to make and what circumstances to consider.
The training curriculum output will comprise of 4 separate packages, each with a different target group: school teachers/trainers, school managers/directors, counsellors and educational consultants and CPD trainers. The curriculum will contain all the required information necessary to design and/or provide training for the selected target group on the topic of age management.
Introductory Training Program for School Staff
As the trainers’ needs develop, the knowledge and skills they require will also evolve. This is where CPD will come to the teachers’ rescue and help them steer their career in the right direction.This training program will be built upon the results of the thorough analysis of the teaching staff needs related to the age management in schools. It will provide the introductory lessons to the age-related issues occurring in the education sector and outline the directions in which these issues can and should be solved.
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Project outputs will be available to the public as open source in December 2023.