OK reference framework

What is the reference framework for quality in education?

The reference framework for Quality in Education sets out expectations for good quality education. These are expectations on which we all agree. They reflect the strength of policy of Flemish schools and appreciate the professional school teams. The reference framework provides something to hold on to and respects the autonomy of each school. This applies to all levels and forms of education, with the exception of higher education. The concept of the word ‘school’ encompasses not only schools, but also centres and academies. The term 'learner' covers a wide spectrum of people, ranging from infants to adults.

What is in the reference framework for quality in education?

The reference framework for Quality in Education describes a number of context and input characteristics which schools can best take into account in shaping their education. The core of the reference framework consists of quality expectations. They are divided into four categories: ‘results and effects’, ‘development of learners’, ‘quality development' and 'policy'. Each quality expectation is explained in a quality image. A quality image is descriptively but also invitingly formulated.

How did the reference framework for quality in education take shape?

The reference framework for Quality in Education is based on the valuable input of many stakeholders including pupils and students, parents, teachers, directorates, teaching supervisors, school inspectors, education experts, trade unions, etc. It is also based on scientific research on characteristics of effective classroom and school practices and on practice-oriented literature. The reference framework was developed in a process of co-creation. Dialogue, consultation and study played a central role in that process.

Who made the reference framework for quality in education?

The reference framework for Quality in Education is the result of a partnership between Catholic Education Flanders, GO! Education in the Flemish Community, Provincial Education Flanders, (POV), the Education Umbrella Organisation of Towns and Municipalities (OVSG), Consultative Body of Small Education Providers (OKO) and the Inspectorate of Education. Pupils, students, parents, school teams and other stakeholders collaborated intensively on this. The assignment came from the Minister of Education. The reference framework for Quality in Education took shape in the academic year 2015-2016.

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