CIDREE Expert Meeting, Lyon, June 6 - 7, 2016

The key success factors for the delivery of economically-relevant Vocational Education and Training (VET) in schools and colleges

From June 6 to 7, the 2nd VET CIDREE expert meeting took place in Lyon, France. It was hosted by the French Institute of Education of the Ecole normale supérieure de Lyon. Key figures: 4 CIDREE members (FR, NL, SE, UK)


This expert meeting on VET took place only 8 months after the kick-off of the first meeting hosted by Scotland in September 2015. The CIDREE project aims at identifying the challenges and successes in improving vocational education and training in European countries and producing an overview of good practices that could be disseminated widely as a tool of improvement in VET systems.

During the first Meeting in Scotland, experts exchanged on their different national VET systems and identified several common issues regarding vocational pathways (relevant-vocationally skills, motivation of students, role of teacher, social backgrounds, lack of resources and financing…)

The second Expert Meeting was organized around workshops, round tables and presentations of national frameworks, experimentations, initiative of excellence and policy measures implemented. Through these rich exchanges, the meeting enabled to:

  • Build upon the outcomes of the first meeting in September 2015 by producing a template of VET systems in secondary school and college in Scotland, France, Sweden, the Netherlands and Switzerland; and identifying common issues to tackle
  • Set up two matrices comparing VET systems and Key Success Factors to identify differences and similarities at the national level
  • Focus on vocational models and their connections with the labour market
  • Exchange on good practices in each country in order to face the issues encountered and re-think those practices outside the national context- identify European areas of convergence where foreign problem-solving methods can be implemented.

In order to produce a relevant-vocationally guide book of good practices in vocational education, the project’s rationale consists, at first in a better understanding of the different VET national frameworks, and then in identifying key success factors for improving it at the European level.

Next step: a forthcoming Expert Meeting enabling to highlight specific national policies and to visit vocational education sites.

CIDREE Expert Meeting, Aarau, June 8 - 9, 2016

A comparative view on national education reports in European Countries

The Swiss Coordination Centre for Research in Education (SCCRE) hosted a CIDREE Expert Meeting on national education reports in June 2016. Experts from Austria, Norway, Luxembourg, Scotland and Switzerland met in Aarau for an exchange of procedures and strategies regarding national education reports - both to critically review other concepts and to learn from the other participants.

The main focus and the aim of the meeting were to draw up a template for country-specific descriptions that will be written individually by every participating country in the course of 2016. The purpose is to publish an academic article with the comparative overview on national education reports in European countries later in 2017. The article will give information on the following aspects of the participating countries’ national education report:

  • Institutional details concerning the report
  • Goals and function of the report
  • Production and process
  • Dissemination
  • Future developments

The article will offer the chance to share the knowledge of the participating experts with other CIDREE countries and to promote CIDREE activities beyond the member institutions. Therefore a small conference may be realised in 2017 where the national education reports and the concepts with the key rationale could be presented to all those interested.

CEO Meeting Mostar 2016

CIDREE Chief Executive Officers Meeting, Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina
May 11 - 12, 2016

On 11/12 May 2016 the Directors of CIDREE member institutions met in Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina for their yearly exchange. In the discussion of their current and future work, the same key education themes emerged frequently. It was clear that improvements in the design and content of the core curriculum (including key competences), teacher education and professional learning, and managing teacher workload all feature in their plans. The Directors were able to share experiences, explore solutions and offer advice to each other.

As an additional item for their meeting, the Bosnia-Herzegovian host had organised a very informative presentation by Marija Naletilić, Assistant to the Director, Common Core Curricula Unit Head on “A competency-based curriculum development”. This topic stimulated further deep discussion and the exchange of ideas and good practices from different countries.

CNC Meeting Graz 2016

CIDREE National Coordinators Meeting, Graz, Austria

March 31 – April 1, 2016

The annual CIDREE National Coordinators meeting was held in Graz/Austria, on 31 March and 1 April 2016. The meeting was attended by representatives of 14 CIDREE member institutions and by the CIDREE President.

The meeting enabled CNCs to exchange valuable information on priorities in CIDREE Member institutions and on past and upcoming events.  Progress with the Yearbook 2016 is well under way, under the responsibility of Scotland, and early thinking around the topic for Yearbook 2017, which will be edited by Ireland, was discussed. 

CNCs continued to work on “CIDREE Strategic Direction and Impact”.  They reflected on and discussed how to develop self-evaluation of CIDREE’s activities against the strategic objectives developed in the CNC meeting 2015 in Tartu. CNCs identified themes for each strategic objective that would form the focus for collecting evidence of how well CIDREE as a network was performing and impacting.  They agreed to regularly focus on self-evaluation of specific themes to gather evidence of the impact of CIDREE activities in their institutions and countries.  Summaries of this evidence will be provided at future CNC meetings as part of updates from each institution. The summaries will be collated for discussion at the CIDREE Board.

The President thanked the CNCs for their time, expertise, experience and active thinking and looks forward to an active year ahead with 6 collaborative projects running.

A final word of thanks goes to our Austrian hosts, who organised this meeting to perfection.

Wordle by Brigita