Many teachers are dissatisfied with the organisation culture in schools and in the field of education in general. They feel that educational innovation is often “inflicted from above”. Meanwhile, it is generally acknowledged that work satisfaction is related to a certain amount of influence on the organisation. As long as the teacher is in front of the class, he or she is generally satisfied, but frustration seems to take over as soon as the teacher leaves the classroom.
If we want to improve education, the opportunities lie in the field of the schools’ organisation culture “outside the classroom” and in the possible influence that teachers might have on it. Having come up with a good idea, a teacher should be empowered to improve the organisation culture at school, or even the field of education in general. Sadly enough in practice a large amount of bureaucratic and cultural obstacles keep the individual actors within schools from realising good ideas. And that is a shame, because it prevents creative and innovative developments from “below” from flourishing.
With financial and intellectual support, Education Pioneers enables teachers to realise a creative and innovative idea that could contribute to the potential of the school. Hence a stronger bond and feeling of ownership is created, while the school’s ability to innovate is amplified.
The Education Pioneers stimulation program should be a spark that ignites all kinds of innovative ideas and creative solutions within educational institutes. Hopefully, great ideas are born, which can be applied throughout and even outside the Netherlands. Education Pioneers is an initiative of Kennisland and the Sector Committee of the Education Labour Market (SBO).
With the lessons and observations from the programme we desire to make a constructive contribution to the knowledge about school organisations, and to stimulate the discussion about the importance of social innovations for the field of education.