Building capacity of Vietnam schools to implement fundamental and comprehensive reforms: Designing and piloting interventions through professional development

Summary of project:

Objectives were -

  1. To identify the training and development needs of school principals and teachers in order to implement reform/renovation policies in the 2 regions of Vietnam (Central and South)
  2. To use data from 1 above, design and implement appropriate programmes of tailored interventions for diverse school contexts in Vietnam
  3. Provide programme of knowledge exchange and skills training for ‘train the trainers’ professional development for project partners (including universities) core school leaders and teachers from pilot schools as an integral part of the intervention programmes
  4. Provide a programme of interventions in selected pilot schools using Research-Design-Development and action learning cycle to change and improve teaching and management/leadership practices
  5. Pilot and evaluate the programmes with a view to adapting and scaling them system-wide in a subsequent stage.

Overall, the objective was - with collaboration with our Vietnamese partners (UoE HCMC, Vietnam National University, Ho Chio Minh City, College of Education, Hue University and Quang Tri Teacher Training College) - to influence the trajectory of the implementation of Vietnam’s educational reform/renovation in pilot schools, and after evaluation, to develop a number of variant models of school improvement to scale-up across the school system of Vietnam.

PI and Co-Is - International Collaborators

PI - Professor Clive Dimmock, School of Education, University of Glasgow

Co-I - Professor Chris Chapman, School of Education, University of Glasgow

Co-I - Professor Michele Schweisfurth, School of Education, University of Glasgow


Vietnam Partners

University of Education, Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City

College of Education, Hue University

Quang Tri  Teacher Training College

Start and End Date

1 July 2017 – 31 December 2018

Funder and Funding Amount

The Head Foundation, Singapore £60,000

ESRC-IAA £27,000

British Council, Vietnam £15,000

Related Publications

Dimmock, C. (2016). The cautionary tale of Vietnam’s ‘radical reform.’ Times Education Supplement, (24 June).