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User Survey 2017: help us improve!

Your views as a user of the School Education Gateway are invaluable

Whether you have read articles on the School Education Gateway or used any of its tools, such as the European Toolkit for Schools, the Teacher Academy online courses, or the Course Catalogue, we would like to hear from you! Not only can you provide feedback, but you also get to choose which topics we should focus on at the School Education Gateway.

So please take part in the user survey in any of the 23 available languages, and help us improve the platform! The questionnaire takes 5 to 10 minutes to fill in and is open until 3 January 2018.

Education Talks: libraries, teachers and entrepreneurial classrooms

Three new Education Talks interviews published

LIBRARIES: In the interview on libraries and learning in the 21st century, Vincent Bonnet, Director of the European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA), shares his views on how libraries contribute to informal and non-formal learning, and how schools and libraries can work more closely together. We also ran a poll with a huge response: see the results here.

TEACHERS: In her interview, Ellen Doherty, from the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS), makes a strong case for how “teachers transform lives by including kids in society”. Listen to this and other ways teachers are agents of change.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Kathryn Penaluna and Andy Penaluna, from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, help break some myths of Entrepreneurial Education in their interview: “Ask yourself: ‘when am I at my most creative?’ It is when I am having fun, when I am playful, when I am enjoying myself.

Erasmus+ funding opportunities for schools: new call now open!

Funding applications for Learning mobility of individuals (Key Action 1) and Strategic partnership projects (Key Action 2) possible until early next year

If you are not yet familiar with the Erasmus+ Programme, you should first look into the online course on funding opportunities that explains the Erasmus+ framework, inspires you with concrete examples, and helps you to develop your project from a whole-school perspective. When it’s time to develop your project plan, you can head to the Erasmus+ Tools: use the Course Catalogue and Mobility Opportunities for the Key Action 1 application, and the Strategic Partnership requests for Key Action 2 application.

Good luck with your Erasmus+ journey!

Year in review for Teacher Academy online courses

While the Teacher Academy team is busy developing the programme of online courses for 2018, let us reflect on the past year

Eleven online courses were offered in 2017, addressing diverse topics such as shared school leadership, engagement of parents, cultural diversity, maths education, and competences for 21st century schools. In total, the Teacher Academy saw close to 11,500 enrolments, more than 3,000 of which came from the Erasmus+ funding opportunities for schools course. Before embarking on exciting new learning opportunities next year, make sure to still check out our first self-paced course, Five Strategies for Learning Online, to help you make the most out of our courses and support your online learning in general.



The European Day of Languages (26 September) made September the month of languages in Europe and at the School Education Gateway! Read the expert article by Letizia Cinganotto on CLIL, Content and Language Integrated Learning, and discover the different faces of language learning in this practice article, including learning languages for dyslexics, and learning languages through laughter, war history and video production. Also check out the Eurydice report on Key Data on Teaching Languages at School in Europe and what’s new with the European Language Label.


Teachers are agents of change on different levels: they can change pupils’ lives and their surroundings, says Ellen Doherty in this Education Talk. Marco Snoek in his expert article notes that “teachers need to develop [their] competencies regarding educational change” to get responsive schools. A recent European Commission report also clarifies the concept of school as a learning organisation and outlines policies to promote it in practice. Our practice article covers three initiatives that show other ways in which teachers are agents of change in their classroom and work.


The European Week of Sports promoted sport and physical activity for everyone across Europe, regardless of age, background or fitness level. A good time to look at some Erasmus+ projects and initiatives that aim to engage kids in and through sports in our practice article. Rose-Marie Repond in her expert article ponders on the contribution of out-of-school physical and sporting activities to an active lifestyle. And what if pupils would spend most of their days outdoors instead of buildings? Learn about nature schools and how they can support children’s development.

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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