Other education staff
Besides the teachers, education staff of schools and school facilities also include the other categories of employees according to the Act on Education Staff. Some of them are described in separate sections – a teacher's assistant (asistent pedagoga), staff responsible for guidance and counselling (poradenští pracovníci), a teacher in CPD programmes for education staff (pedagog v zařízení pro další vzdělávání pedagogických pracovníků), učitel jazykové školy (učitel jazykové školy). Remaining education staff are described below:
childcare educational worker (vychovatel)
a teacher responsible for leisure activities (pedagog volného času)
a coach (trenér)
They are obliged to participate in continuing professional development. The conditions of service are the same as for teachers. In public schools, they are remunerated according to the uniform salary scale system.
Childcare educational worker
Childcare educational staff work in:
school facilities for developing personal interests – after-school centre and school club (školní družina and školní klub)
school educational, lodging and boarding facilities – boarding home for youth and school lodging and boarding facility (domov mládeže and internát)
school or school facilities for institutional and protective education, e.g., children's home (dětský domov), and preventive educational care, i.e., the centre for behavioural development (středisko výchovné péče)
The range of possible qualifications is extensive, the minimum requirement is an upper secondary education with a Maturita examination (střední vzdělání s maturitní zkouškou) in the relevant field. On the basis of the amendment to the Act on Education Staff, graduates of upper secondary education with a Maturita examination will now also obtain the professional qualification of childcare educational staff by studying pedagogy for childcare educational staff in a new scope of at least 120 hours.
The prerequisite for working in school lodging and boarding facilities or their departments for pupils with special educational needs, in school facilities for institutional and protective education, or in centres for behavioural development is completed higher education in the field of special or social education, tertiary professional education in the field focusing on special education, or qualification of childcare educational staff supplemented by the study of the lifelong learning programme at a higher education institution focusing on special education.
Teacher responsible for leisure activities
Teachers responsible for leisure activities work in facilities for developing personal interests – in the leisure time centre (středisko volného času). The minimum qualification requirement is upper secondary education with a Maturita examination in the education field (or in another field if education is supplemented by subsequent pedagogical studies), for sub-activities sufficient upper secondary education with a VET certificate (střední vzdělání s výučním listem) supplemented by subsequent pedagogical studies is required. An amendment to the Act on Education Staff has expanded the qualification pathway for teachers responsible for leisure activities. It is now also possible to use the existing professional qualification of head of children's leisure activities (National Qualifications System) as an additional way of obtaining professional qualifications. This involves passing the examination for the complete professional qualification of Independent Leisure Activity Leader or, in the case of a teacher carrying out a relevant activity, the examination for the professional qualification of Leisure Activity Leader for Children and Youth.
Coach gains qualification in the relevant fields at higher education institutions (vysoké školy), tertiary professional school or at upper secondary education with a Maturita examination or with a VET certificate. Another requirement for graduates of tertiary professional schools is to obtain a certificate of (at least) II. class trainer in the relevant area of sport. Upper secondary school graduates upon the completion of the upper secondary school programme are required to supplement their qualifications by practice in coaching at faculty of physical education of the higher education institution and obtaining a certificate of at least the second highest coaching grade in the appropriate sport specialisation.
Apart from the education staff, there are also non-education staff working in schools and school facilities. The category of non-education staff includes:
staff in school facilities who ensure its professional activity but are not education staff (e.g. social staff of school guidance facilities, non-teaching staff in nursery schools, technical staff in data processing centres, staff responsible for health)
staff in schools and school facilities who ensure its operation (i.e. administration, maintaining, service, catering – labour force statistics classes these as technical and administrative staff and operating staff); school assistants (školní asistenti) are also included in this category (funding with the use of EU structural funds)
Conditions of service for non-education staff are generally governed by the same regulations as are valid for education staff of particular school/institution or school facility. However, the Act on Education Staff does not apply to them; therefore, they are not obliged to participate in continuing professional development. Stated legal regulations stipulate legal adjustments for them: pay tariffs of non-education staff are lower than those of education staff. The pay scale for non-education staff has 16 categories and 12 pay grades. They do not have the entitlement to study leave and their holiday is only 5 weeks (or 4 weeks in private schools). Some of non-education staff (for example social workers) may be upon the request of the school financed via the Templates within the operational programmes, at present it is the Operational Programme Johaness Amos Commenius.