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Training the trainer: Continued Professional Development in Serbia

More than 200 experienced teachers, educational advisors, trainers and coaches take part in a trainer-training programme in Serbia.

The continued professional development (CPD) of teachers and trainers helps improve the performance of vocational education and training systems. Working with Serbia’s Institute for the Improvement of Education (ZAVOD), the ETF organised two leadership workshops for ZAVOD in 2016.

In 2017 building on these workshops, there was an opportunity for ZAVOD staff to to plan, implement and deliver high-quality and relevant professional development.

More than 200 experienced teachers, educational advisors, educational trainers and coaches took part. Topics of quality assurance, knowledge transfer, accreditation and monitoring of CPD, were covered.

In a follow-up evaluation survey, participants said the workshop provided ‘an interesting exchange of experience, covering many useful issues’.

The survey provides evidence that both the process and the impact of the training were highly rated. Highly satisfied with the programme, they praised the practical approach, and called for the training be extended.

Access the evaluation survey here.

‘ZAVOD should continue to both develop its own capabilities and to provide training and professional leadership to principals, trainers and teachers in Serbia,’ the evaluation says.

Other areas for development include the promotion of alternative delivery modes such as e-learning, distance and flexible learning opportunities.