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School Education Gateway user survey: help shape the platform

Help make the platform the best place for the European school education professionals — our survey is now open!

Every year, we ask our users to provide feedback on the School Education Gateway’s content and services, to offer a better platform for all the users. If you are a teacher, school leader, policymaker, expert or any other professional in the school education field, we are curious to hear which topics you would most like us to cover next year, and what sections of the site you find most useful.

The survey, which is available in 23 languages and takes about 10 minutes to complete, is open until 5 December 2018. Fill in the survey here. To choose your language, please use the right-hand side menu. We thank you in advance for your input.

Webinar: Get inspired by Early Childhood Education and Care

In the last webinar of 2018, we focus on the impact of parents’ diverse backgrounds and teachers’ efforts on early childhood classrooms

Promoting and protecting children's rights, combating child poverty and social exclusion and providing equal opportunities for all children are fundamental objectives of the EU. What does research tell us about how teachers and staff can contribute in early childhood settings and classrooms? What happens when diverse backgrounds meet in everyday life ECEC settings? Join the webinar on Tuesday 11 December at 17:00 CET to find out! Read more and get registered here for the ECEC webinar.

New resource collection on the governance of school education systems

Information available in 23 languages about a European vision for school education, with guiding principles for decision-makers and contemporary policy examples

Modern approaches to teaching and learning and to the governance of school education systems are essential to help schools respond to the changing needs of their community. The latest work of the ET2020 Working Group on Schools shows how this can be addressed through the concept of schools as learning organisations within school education as an integrated learning system.

A new section on the School Education Gateway compiles the new policy guidance on governance in one place: it describes a vision for the governance of school education and the core principle of ‘schools as learning organisations’. Four thematic reports then explore the practical possibilities of the guiding principles with contemporary policy examples.

The European Year of Cultural Heritage in review

The two main platforms for the European school community have prepared a host of resources and activities to celebrate the European Year of Cultural Heritage

2018 was the European Year of Cultural Heritage, a year of events, activities and celebrations all around Europe to get people interested and involved in cultural heritage. The eTwinning and School Education Gateway platforms each contributed to this themed year.

Cultural Heritage was eTwinning’s annual theme in 2018, with a conference, book and special prizes to cultural heritage. All through the year, the School Education Gateway shared content, set out polls and hosted Teacher Academy courses and webinars on the topic. In the article ‘Cultural education: online support to schools and teachers across Europe’, we have collected the highlights of both platforms and guide you how to find all relevant materials on the topic.

Poll on Special Educational Needs

All the EU Member States have signed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, but how are we doing in practice?

By signing the UN Convention, European countries affirmed the right to inclusive education for all pupils and students with disabilities. Yet this theoretical right may be hard to respect in practice, and support for SEN students – students with physical, sensory, emotional, or development disabilities – may differ across countries and regions.

To ensure inclusive classrooms, teachers need to consider a wide and sometimes complex range of teaching techniques and assistive technological tools. We would like to know: What is the state of SEN support in the school you work for or know of, and what barriers to inclusive education away you think should be taken away? Join this poll on Special Educational Needs, available in 23 languages until 2 December. The results will be published on School Education Gateway.


Whether thinking, talking, learning, or writing reports, we all use language all the time, every day. Professor Duñabeitia compares his toddler with his mother-in-law to show what neurosciences teach us about language learning. Thomas Fritz, head of an institute for multilingualism, integration and education, explains about language super-diversity in today’s society. This, in turn, is a great motivation to engage migrant children to master the language of schooling and to further develop their personal linguistic repertoire. We have listed some ideas on how to teach languages in the 21st century.


Creating new things, recognising good ideas, managing uncertainty, planning and communicating all fall under the umbrella of entrepreneurial learning. Entrepreneurship is one of the European key competences for lifelong learning, and the subject of many cutting-edge projects. Head teacher Alison Williams in her expert article explains her aim and different initiatives to transform all pupils into confident entrepreneurs. A four-year study analysed the impact of entrepreneurship education and contributes to future EntreEd efforts. Renowned collaboration expert Andy Hargreaves Collaboration argues that collaboration is important for schools to improve education.


Changes in education to develop the key competences the society needs can make teaching careers more interesting, but Michiel Heijnen finds another five characteristics of an environment that can help to attract potential teachers. Eurydice researchers address the gender-imbalance among primary school teachers, and one of their latest reports provide an overview of teachers’ salaries across Europe. As the ITELab project looks to at ways to strengthen young teachers’ education programmes, other projects explore new ways to attract and retain teachers.

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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