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Erasmus+ 2017 call for applications: find your training opportunity with the Course Catalogue

The call for proposals under Erasmus+ 2017 funding has been published. This means it's time to apply for funding for your teacher professional development or partnership project between schools and other organisations! The School Education Gateway Erasmus+ Opportunities tools can help you find the most suitable training opportunity.

The Erasmus+ programme provides funding to support activities such as professional development activities abroad for school staff including courses, teaching assignments and job shadowing (Key Action 1), and Strategic Partnership projects between schools or other organisations (Key Action 2). Your school can apply for funding under the new call that has just been published. The deadlines to submit applications to your National Agency are:

  • for Key Action 1 (Mobility of individuals in the field of education and training) 2 February 2017.
  • for Key Action 2 (Strategic partnerships in the field of education, training and youth) 29 March 2017.

Are you wondering where to find opportunities to apply for? Try the School Education Gateway Erasmus+ Opportunities tools:

The Course Catalogue is a repository of daily updated, on-site professional development courses for school teachers and staff, where you can find thousands of training offers to browse and search according to your interests such as topic, country, duration, etc. If you are a teacher trainer, you can add your training offers on the Course Catalogue, so teachers can discover them.

The Mobility Opportunity tool is a meeting point for schools and teachers interested in hosting mobility activities and taking part in them. Schools can post their offers to host a teacher from another country, and teachers can post their own announcement about the kind of mobility activity they would like to do abroad.

Finally, you can use the Strategic Partnerships tool, which helps you search for partner schools/organisations across Europe to carry out joint projects that aim at improving standards and the quality of teaching and learning.

Read our article for more information, useful links and resources to prepare your application.

School Education Gateway launch conference - Bringing stakeholders together

The official launch of the School Education Gateway was celebrated on 19 October 2016 in Brussels, with input from Mr Adam Tyson, Acting Director at the Directorate General for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, as well as Sophie Beernaerts, Head of Unit Head of Unit for Schools, educators and multilingualism. The first panel discussion highlighted the importance of improving equity and inclusive education by embracing diversity and multilingualism, and how a European platform like School Education Gateway can facilitate this across the education community in Europe. The second panel discussion explored the opportunities for professional development offered by the Teacher Academy. The audience also witnessed the ‘world premiere’ of three videos on the School Education Gateway and the Teacher Academy, available now on our YouTube channel. Read more information.

Teacher Academy returns in 2017 with more online courses!

Make 2017 the year of your professional development!

What is your New Year’s resolution? Broaden your vision for teaching and learning in 2017? Enroll for free online teacher professional development courses on Teacher Academy! More courses will be offered in 2017, starting with 'Future Classroom Scenarios' course on 9 January, which will last for 7 weeks. Join the course to discuss concepts, tools and challenges on the future classroom, and engage with peers and experts across Europe. Stay informed, get involved, develop your skills! Also, if you are interested in taking part in the repetition of the 'Cultural Diversity in your Classroom' course, please fill in this pre-registration form and we will inform you once enrollment opens!

Monthly topic - December

School Leadership

'School leadership' does not only refer to head teachers. Leadership roles – where school staff members take on particular positions of responsibility – are diverse. In this month's expert article, Professor Tom Hamilton makes a case for sharing leadership responsibilities across school staff. Read also this practice article, in which we take a look at European and national initiatives that support the development of 21st century school leadership. Finally, in this short poll, we ask you about your opinions on the role and development of school leadership! The results will be anonymously published on the School Education Gateway in January 2017.

Monthly topic - November

Active Citizenship

"Citizenship education is something that you don't learn from books!" says Alicja Pacewicz, an education expert from Poland. So how can we plant the seed for active citizenship? Have a look at these 4 great projects in our practice article and eTwinning’s contribution to the promotion of European values. The thought-provoking expert article focuses on what works to promote citizenship education and, finally, the article on European Citizenship Trimester Programme presents how for intercultural exchange is combined with citizenship education contents.


Are you interested in finding more effective ways to support your pupils? Do you want to improve attendance or reduce drop-out? Are you considering introducing more collaborative approaches to teaching and learning? Then read on! This online resource provides you with a range of materials designed to help you!


As an exciting new addition to our Teaching Materials section, we are pleased to announce that we now have mini-lectures from Nobel Laureate Meetings available on a range of topics, as part of an agreement with the Lindau Foundation. Translated mini-lectures by leading scientists now available on the School Education Gateway.


Did you miss your chance to attend the School Education Gateway conference? You can watch the streaming videos on our YouTube list. You may also want to watch the SEG animation video, the Teacher Academy animation video and the video interviews on School Education Gateway.

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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