Going back to school during a pandemic

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Every school year comes with its own surprises, and 2020/2021 is especially unpredictable, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. As schools reopen, they are having to adapt their approaches to ensure social distancing and support pupils who have been isolated for a long time. In this article, we share what the EU has been doing to help and we highlight resources that may be useful in this difficult period.

Sharing information

The European Commission organises groups of ministry representatives to exchange practices and inform decision-making concerning a broad range of challenges. Read the latest updates from your country.

We are equally interested in the opinion of teachers and school leaders: how does it feel to be back in school? Take this short survey to share your experiences with us.

Teaching and learning approaches

Such extraordinary circumstances call for a fresh outlook on pedagogy, including distance learning and the use of online and digital tools. These blended learning guidelines are particularly useful for school leaders in encouraging and managing innovation and change.

Another approach that may be of use is project-based learning. Enrol on this Teacher Academy MOOC to find out more.

Browse all our resources with the “distance learning” tag.


What is your school’s inclusion policy, and how can it be improved? These questions are more important than ever, as the crisis has heightened existing inequalities. Use this self-assessment tool to get started.


Well-being and mental health cannot be taken for granted, and definitely not during a pandemic. This video series by the University of Malta offers some helpful advice.

Blended mobility

School actors who had been hoping to participate in mobility activities this year may need to adjust their plans, given the ongoing travel restrictions. The new Erasmus+ MOOC is a good place to start.

The eTwinning portal also offers an ideal way for schools and teachers to connect across borders, at the same time as improving their competence in working online.