With the autumn school term now well under way, we’ve highlighted our three favourite new resources available on the Schools Education Gateway (SEG) to support and inspire you and your pupils. With courses, tools and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on tackling early school leavers, working with parents and motivational maths, we’re sure they will help to get the new school year off to a great start.
What is the School Education Gateway?
The School Education Gateway (SEG) is a European Commission (EC) portal that provides news and events, policy updates and information on good practice and gives teachers, experts and others in the school education field access to a wealth of teaching knowledge and experience from across Europe.
It supports schools in planning Erasmus+ projects, including help with partner-finding, and can also help you to equip your pupils with the right knowledge, skills and attitudes. The Teacher Academy is a single point of access to professional development activities within the SEG portal.
Here are our top three tools and MOOCs from the SEG for you to look at this term:
1. Updated European Toolkit for Schools
The European Commission states that one in 10 young Europeans leave education or training without having the skills and qualifications necessary for a successful transition to the labour market and for active participation in today’s society, meaning they risk unemployment, social exclusion and poverty.
To support the work of teachers, school leaders and parents, who try to tackle the issue of early school leaving, the European Toolkit for Schools has been updated with new research studies, project reports and examples of good practice. You can choose the resources that best suit your needs and are encouraged to comment and share them, as well as adding your own examples that could be useful for others.
2. Effective Parental Engagement for Student Learning MOOC
Once familiar with the European Toolkit for Schools, why not take part in the free MOOC on parental engagement in student learning in your classroom?
Parents and families have the most direct and lasting impact on children’s learning and development. This course, made up of four modules, will support school practitioners in reaching out and working effectively with parents to ensure students’ success. It looks at a range of areas where you can build positive relationships with parents and engage them in the learning of students.
The expected workload is about 3-4 hours a week over five weeks, from 25 September to 1 November. The course is targeted primarily at classroom teachers but is also relevant for school leaders and administrators.
3. Moving to Maths 2.0 – Teacher Academy MOOC
Many pupils are afraid of maths and it can be a challenge for teachers to make it engaging, relevant and fun. This Maths MOOC will help practicing teachers develop students’ mathematical competence, as defined by the EU’s Key Competences framework, as well as help you to motivate and empower your pupils by personalising maths activities to suit their skills and strengths.
The course is based on Irina Vasilescu’s Learning Event “Maths for Every Student” on eTwinning. Irina, an experienced Maths teacher and teacher trainer, will be a course moderator and participants will have plenty of opportunities to interact directly with her.
The expected workload is about 3-4 hours a week over six weeks, from 18 September to 1 November.
Watch out in October for an SEG MOOC on the revamp of Key Action 2 partnerships, with schools only partnerships being rebranded as school exchange partnerships, to include short and long-term pupil exchanges, as well as staff training events and teaching assignments.
If you are interested in learning more about family and parent engagement in schools, read our Erasmus+ story from City of Cardiff Council.