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How can we create a strong body of teachers and create a continuous improvement culture?

leerKRACHT (teachingFORCE)

location_on Netherlands
The leerKRACHT (teachingFORCE) foundation believes in the quality of all teachers, and wishes to give ownership of education back to the teachers. It aims to achieve this through helping schools to promote a continuous improvement culture, wherein teachers work together to improve their teaching, with school leadership being role models in the improvement process.
The quality of education is driven by the quality of teachers.

Jaap Versfelt, Founder of leerKRACHT


HundrED has selected this innovation

Technical & Vocational Education and Training (TVET)

HundrED 2020

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Target Group
420 000
1 226
Updated on October 21st, 2020
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What is leerKRACHT?

The central idea of leerKRACHT is that creating a continuous improvement culture in schools is the key to improve the quality of education and thereby student results. This idea was the basis for the leerKRACHT foundation – started as a pro bono initiative of McKinsey & Company in 2012. leerKRACHT started to work with 16 schools to develop and pilot a 2-year intensive transformation programme that helps schools improve the quality of their teaching.

The goal of the programme is to lay the foundation for a continuous improvement culture in schools, where teachers work together to improve the quality of education. By further developing this approach and introducing it to thousands of schools leerKRACHT wants to be the catalyst for a movement that helps the entire Dutch educational system move from ‘good’ to ‘great’.

Six years after it began, leerKRACHT is operating in 870 schools, 10% of all primary, 1 in 8 secondary schools and 50% of vocational schools in the Netherlands. This is despite being a bottom-up private initiative, requiring particiapting schools to free up their own coach, time from the school leader and making space in the roster of all teachers in the school for 1-2 hours each week. The reason schools make this investment is that they hear from participating schools the impact of this approach on the quality of education, work satisfaction and student involvement.


Achievements & Awards

June 2020
Independent research proves leerKRACHT works fast en effective
November 2019
Selected for HundrED collection 2020
May 2019
February 2019
Technical & Vocational Education and Training (TVET)
February 2019
Innovation added to the HundrED

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Classroom observation and feedback conversation
To get inspired, give feedback and jointly identify areas for improvement (at least once every two weeks per teacher).
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Joint lesson planning
To share experiences and jointly tackle difficult teaching challenges (at least once every two weeks per teacher).
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'Board session'
This idea is taken from the LEAN movement in the manufacturing industry, where small teams hold daily stand up meetings to jointly improve quality.
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Teachers asking students for feedback
Students play a pivotal role in shaping their teachers development, through continuous open feedback.
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