1st Annual Common Curricula Coordinators Network Meeting

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21 September 2009

The 1st Annual National Common Curricula Coordinators Network meeting took place at Bramshill, United Kingdom, on the 9-10 September 2009.

The meeting was chaired by the Swedish Presidency with 23 Member States participating, providing a wide and qualified range of experiences.

The National Common Curricula Coordinators Network met for the first time in order to get more information about the Common Curricula, clarify their roles and tasks as National Coordinators, and propose concrete actions for the implementation of the Common Curricula in their countries.

The Module Advisers were also invited to the meeting in order to present the Common Curricula, highlighting their flexible structure and adaptability to national needs.

The main proposals aimed at implementation that emerged from all discussions included:

  • An increase of communication and cooperation between the National Common Curricula Coordinators Network, Module Advisers and national experts, by liaising more often and by using the tools offered on CEPOL’s e-Net;
  • Start Common Curricula awareness campaigns at national level and involve trainers, higher ranking officers and decision makers;
  • Monitor training initiatives and organise Pilot Projects;
  • Translate the Common Curricula already adopted by the Governing Board;
  • Support from CEPOL Secretariat, both for cooperation between Module Advisers and the National Coordinators and experts, and for the realisation of Pilot Projects;
  • Financial resources and political support at national level.

Other discussions were related to the European accreditation and the position of the Common Curricula with respect to the Bologna Process.

Tiina Koivuniemi, the Finnish National Common Curricula Coordinator, said: “Yesterday I did not know much about the Common Curricula, but now I am aware of my role and of what is expected from us. I feel motivated, and I expect very good results from Finland!”

Bo Åström, the Swedish chair of the meeting said; 'The Swedish Presidency is honoured and happy that the first network conference for the National Common Curricula Coordinators is undertaken during our Presidency. The next coming years will be a challenge for CEPOL, in particular when the Stockholm Programme will be implemented. It will put some strong demands on CEPOL to improve and develop its core business, where Common Curricula is one of them, stated in the Council Decision 681/2005/JHA to establish CEPOL.

The Swedish Presidency has high expectations on the outcome of this conference and you - the participants of this conference - are key players not only in this particular sense but also on how the Common Curricula will be received, handled and implemented in the Member States.

When we close the conference I sincerely hope that a few objectives have been achieved in order to pave the way for the continuity of the important work to develop and implement Common Curricula.

  1. A mutual understanding of the paramount importance of the Common Curricula.
  2. A mutual understanding of the National Common Curricula Coordinators crucial role when it comes to promote and support the development and implementation of the Common Curricula in the Member States.
  3. An awareness of the Coordinators' tasks and responsibilities.
  4. Enhanced understanding of what the Secretariat and the Module Advisers can do in supporting the Coordinators.
  5. New ideas gained on how to perform the tasks of implementing Common Curricula successfully.
  6. New network established and developed.

Last but not least, I believe it is of essential interest that you as Coordinators will be tasked to go back home to your countries and make an assessment of the preconditions for successful implementation of Common Curricula, including any obstacles, and report back no later than 1 November 2009. This state of play assessment will serve as basis for the future work within the network.

When I look around and see all the experience and competency within the subject in matter gathered together here at Bramshill, I am personally convinced that all preconditions for a successful conference are in place. I wish you good speed in your difficult and important task, both during the conference of course but also for the future'.

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