School Education Gateway newsletter 2/2020 - June View this email in your browser
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Teaching about climate change: join our webinar and take part in the survey!

Teachers play a vital role in empowering young people to understand and reflect on the climate change

Several initiatives around the globe raise awareness of climate change. Think about climate marches in 2019, led by the young Greta Thunberg. Some countries, like Italy and Sweden, are already to providing opportunities and resources to the educational community.

Approaching the topic in the classroom can be a challenge. Join our webinar taking place on Tuesday 2 June at 17h CEST to learn practical ways to teach about climate change and related issues.

We also invite you to take the short survey on climate education to express your views: it is open until Sunday 21 June and available in 23 languages. The results will be published on School Education Gateway after the summer. Results of our recent surveys on teacher careers and online and distance learning are already available.

Online and distance learning during school closures

The new “Distance learning” tag is now available!

During the lockdown to combat the COVID-19 epidemic, the School Education Gateway platform has remained fully operational and ready to support the school education community with distance learning and online professional development. To this end, we have gathered a range of useful resources and information for teachers across Europe. Check out our new ‘Distance learning’ tag to follow up all related content!

School Education Gateway User Survey 2020: how do you think we are doing?

Every year we ask you for feedback on our content and services to offer a better meeting place for school education professionals

This time, we focus on some specific areas: do you like our online professional development offer, or do you find other formats more beneficial? What might we consider for future development? Do you use the site in your mother tongue? Let us know by taking about 10 minutes of your time to complete the survey here! The survey is open until 28 June 2020 and available in 23 languages.

Digital competence of teachers and learners

Rewatch a webinar to know more about digital competences, and how they can be applied in schools and classrooms

Digital competence is one of the European Commission’s Key Competences for Life-long Learning. With online and distance learning increasing, the education community recognises the importance of pupils developing the relevant skills to guide their own learning, as well as the pedagogical use of technology in teaching, learning and assessment. Peter Birch and Seán Gallagher  presented some key findings from the Eurycide report that provides concrete examples on how countries are addressing and tackling different aspects related to digital competences. The webinar recording is available on School Education Gateway’s YouTube channel.


Education has been globally recognised as a key element in achieving Sustainable Development. ESD helps to find sustainable solutions to global issues. As a part of this, there is a responsibility to empower learners to transform themselves and the society they live in, by reorienting education. Educational institutions are called upon to play a crucial part, integrating and encouraging activities to make this possible.


Assessment is the bridge between teaching and learning. The idea is that assessment should support learning, as well as judging how much of it has taken place. How to do it? There are plenty of inspiring example projects available, along with insights and expertise shared by our educational expert in our last webinar.  


The education profession is one of the most important in our society. Yet, over the last 40 years, teacher shortages and high attrition rates have constituted serious challenges in many education systems. Careers are often criticised for being flat and without inspiring and diverse opportunities for progression. Yet school and leader careers can be very different from the often perceived one-dimensional path. Insights from the European ET2020 Working Group Schools are available, together with a new policy guide.

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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