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Polls: approaches to assessment and new poll on arts for learning

Share your views on ‘arts for learning’ through our latest poll and explore the results of the poll on formative assessment.

Incorporating arts and culture in education can serve as a vehicle for renewing educational systems. Moreover, research shows that it is one of the best ways to engage students in learning. What do you think? How much of a priority are the arts in school education? Take this short poll now to share your opinion in any of our 23 languages.

In the previous newsletter, we called in your views on summative and formative assessment in Europe. Some of the results point to the fact that while 72 % of respondents say students’ learning is assessed formatively in their school, the vast majority of respondents (86%) find that teachers need more training on how to use formative assessment. Find all the results in the article.

Upcoming webinar: Developing the entrepreneurial citizen, 21 June

The last webinar before summer focuses on entrepreneurial education and citizenship

The next upcoming webinar takes place on Thursday 21 June and it will explore the topic of ‘Developing the entrepreneurial citizen’. While entrepreneurial education often revolves around practical entrepreneurial experiences, democratic or human rights education can also be a great vehicle for developing entrepreneurial competences. Join to learn more!

After 21 June, the webinars will have a summer break and will be back in September. Meanwhile, you are invited to check out one of the previous webinars! In the latest webinar we explored the potential of incorporating arts in the learning process and how arts can help students to develop higher-order skills such as collaboration, problem solving adaptability, imagination and critical thinking. The webinar on STEAM looked into an interdisciplinary approach by adding A for Arts into STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). In the series of entrepreneurial learning, a recent webinar put to the focus the what, where, when, who and why of the assessment of entrepreneurial competences.

New study rolls out tactics for school innovation

A recent study by the European Commission sets out shared characteristics of innovative schools and conditions surrounding schools that support innovation.

Modern life does not pause for breath; society is constantly changing, and education must not be left behind. A key to this is innovation. For schools to bring out the best in all children, they need to become more flexible, have strong leadership, and involve the wider community. The Study on supporting school innovation across Europe presents detailed case studies of successful schools from disadvantaged regions across Europe, together with recent research, to inspire those working in school education. Explore the complete study here.

Stay school-engaged with the European Toolkit for Schools

New resources and translations have been added to the toolkit aiming to promote inclusive education and to tackle early school leaving.

The European Toolkit for Schools promotes a whole-school approach to improve inclusiveness and prevent early school leaving. The toolkit provides evidence, documents and good practices, and this set of resources has now been expanded. One of the new items is the self-assessment tool on inclusive schools – available in 23 languages – which can be applied in different school contexts. Moreover, several existing materials are now available in more languages, including the toolkit introduction video. With these additions, the toolkit is even better equipped to support schools across Europe to work on inclusive education – take a look for yourself!

Monthly focus


In March we focussed on different approaches to assessment throughout Europe and their benefits and challenges. This literature review helped shape the debate by exploring the relationships between assessment and learning. In her expert contribution, Dr Karagiorgi argues that assessment of learning is the first step, in order to identify and monitor students ‘at risk’, but that assessment for learning is necessary too. The poll results show that more guidance and materials such as these – helping teachers to develop effective, ongoing assessment practices – are essential.


The new SELFIE tool helps schools to self-assess their strategies for the use of technology in teaching and learning. After joining the SELFIE pilot, principal Seán Gallagher decided his school should help pupils develop problem-solving skills. Many projects can act as pathfinders in this domain, as well as resources, such as these project-based learning planning sheets and the ‘Computing for the rest of us’ toolkit. Finally, enjoy the interview with David Calle, the founder of Unicoos and Global Teacher Prize 2017 nominee, on the flipped classroom and science education.


Nowadays STEAM – a modern, interdisciplinary approach to research and innovation – is gaining more traction in school education. Not only does STEAM add a human dimension to science that can bring learning to life, it is also necessary for tomorrow’s science workers, argues Kristóf Fenyvesi. Indeed more and more projects showcase the advantage of this integrative approach or provide materials supporting the use of educational robotics. Jean-Luc Richter, Science on Stage France, shared his views on some of the main challenges for science teachers in the latest Education Talk interview.

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