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Grow in your profession with four new Teacher Academy online courses in 2020

Join the first Teacher Academy online course of 2020 and learn about formative assessment!

The role of teachers is changing: they are becoming less important as transmitters of knowledge and more important as learning coaches. But how does this change work out in practice? And how does formative assessment play into it?

The course Formative Assessment in Practice – Shaping Student Learning offers tools for, and examples of, formative assessment methods. The course also addresses the competences and skills teachers need to integrate formative assessment into their classes and shows how formative assessment is done in practice. It starts on Monday 16 March: find out more and register here!

Three other Teacher Academy online courses coming later this year will focus on addressing the climate crisis in your classroom (starting on 27 April), project-based learning (starting on 28 September) and Erasmus+ funding for schools (rerun). Sign up for the mailing list and don’t miss any news!

European Toolkit for Schools – new self-assessment tool

The European Toolkit for Schools of the School Education Gateway expands its offering with a new self-assessment tool and video section!

The Toolkit, with a database of over 150 resources, most of them summarised in 23 languages, helps school leaders, teachers, parents and others to make education more inclusive, thereby preventing early school leaving. The new self-assessment tool offers personalised reports with scores, suggesting Toolkit resources where relevant and allowing educators to reflect on their schools’ inclusion policies and practices.

The tool is based on the NESET report Structural Indicators for inclusive systems in and around schools and was developed with primary and secondary schools in mind. Like the report, the self-assessment tool is divided into seven sections, each covering a set of questions. The Toolkit was launched in 2015 following its development by the Working Group on Schools Policy. The launch of the new self-evaluation marks the Toolkit’s fifth anniversary.

Survey on teacher careers open until 22 March!

How do you feel about career progression support as a teacher? Do you get enough guidance to have an interesting and fulfilling career? Give your opinion!

There is clearly a need for continued professional development for teachers: teacher careers are often seen as flat or one-dimensional, with few or no opportunities for progression – to expand, grow or move on. We are curious to know how you feel as a teacher in Europe today: are your ambitions understood and deemed realistic where you live?

If you haven’t done so yet, please fill in this short survey on teacher careers. The results will be published on School Education Gateway.

Don’t miss the results of our previous surveys: sex education and learning environments.

New webinars coming in the next months

Sign up for our upcoming online live events - or watch the recording of our webinar on artificial intelligence.

Ready to mark down some important dates for the season? Let’s have a look at what’s coming up in terms of webinars: March focuses on teacher careers and mobility, April on formative assessment, and May on teaching about climate change.

If you missed any previous webinar, you can find all the recordings and presentations online. During the last one about artificial Intelligence, Marco Neves -  Computer Science teacher at Agrupamento de Escolas de Batalha and specialist in new Learning Scenarios - presented the participants with the basics of AI and the opportunities and challenges that accompany digital transformation.

If you haven’t done so yet, sign up for the webinar mailing list!


AI will impact on teaching and learning in many different ways. There is no suggestion that AI will replace teachers but teachers are strongly encouraged to engage in conversations around AI, so that future research might be conducted in a more pedagogically minded way. To be prepared to leverage its potential, we suggest exploring three perspectives of AI in education. You can also discover good practice examples where AI successfully supports school education.


Reasons behind early school leaving are complex, and often it is the final stage in a long process of disengagement. Several factors can influence it, but there are important common denominators in these successful practices to tackle it. This month’s expert also urges: never give up hope on a student. Follow the links for inspiring projects and expert insights.


Being a rural or cross-border school is both a big challenge and a huge opportunity. Cross-border schools benefit from interaction in culture, heritage and language, while dealing with different national curricula. On the other hand, rural schools often have smaller groups and natural environments with great educational potential. Check out some schools’ stories and get inspired!

The School Education Gateway is funded by Erasmus+, the European programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport. It is operated for the DG Education and Culture of the European Commission by European Schoolnet, an international partnership of 32 European Ministries of Education. The School Education Gateway is linked to eTwinning, the community for schools in Europe.
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