School Education Gateway - a new tool to learn about European education policies
European-level initiatives for schools can too easily remain
unknown, inaccessible or uninteresting for teachers and other education
professionals. A new website, the School
Education Gateway, shall provide clear
information on education initiatives across Europe. The website is aimed
primarily at teachers and school staff, as well as education sector experts and
The School Education Gateway is not 'just another website'.
With information in 24 European languages, the website will link education
practitioners with European policies. This will be achieved through providing
access to relevant information and practical tools for schools applying for
Current School Education Gateway features include:
·Information service including news,
publications, expert articles, and tutorials.
·Sharing of innovative practices through
articles on successful European projects.
·Three tools to support applications for the
·Course Catalogue for teachers’ professional
development(see Erasmus+ Key Action 1),
·Mobility Opportunities including teaching
assignments and job shadowing offers (see Erasmus+ Key Action 1), and
·Strategic Partnership requests to connect
partners for Strategic Partnerships (see Erasmus+ Key Action 2).
Joining the School Education Gateway is easy and free. Users
can share, comment on, and favourite content. For teachers involved in
eTwinning the School Education Gateway will be accessible with their existing
The School Education Gateway is funded by Erasmus+, the
European programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport. It is operated for
the Directorate General for Education and Culture (Unit B.2 – Schools and
Educators; Multilingualism) by European Schoolnet, a pan-European partnership
of 31 education ministries.
Erasmus+ aims to improve the
quality of teaching and learning across all European school levels. By
supporting the professional development of teachers and by fostering links with
both the outside world and other fields of education and training, the School
Education Gateway will help raise awareness of European initiatives within the
education community. For example, topics such as early school leaving or
insufficient basic skills (reading, mathematics and science), are concerns
shared across European school systems. Teachers are a key factor in achieving
excellence and equity in education. Therefore, developing teachers’ skills and
the sharing of good practices are at the heart of Erasmus+ and the School
Education Gateway. The website will be closely linked with eTwinning, the European initiative to
support online school cooperation.