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International KA1 courses in Lisbon (Portugal), Joensuu (Finland), Reykjavik (Iceland), Gozo (Malta) and Slovenia (Ljubljana)

International Courses 

Supported and funded by the Erasmus+ Programme KA1 “Mobility of Learners and Staff”

Experience Learning in an International Context!

Dear friends and colleagues

We have a long-lasting tradition and experience in international courses within the Erasmus+ programme.

All our courses are centred on the important issue of improving the overall educational quality of your school or organisation.

Click on the title to open the website page. Every course is also registered in the EU School Education Gateway.

Differentiated Evaluation (May 2017, Lisbon – Beach, Portugal)

Diversity is part of today’s society. More and more, these differences can be seen in the classroom. An efficient approach of diversity needs to be based on the recognition of those differences. The teaching processes, the teaching methods and evaluation methods have to evolve with the changes that are noticed in the classroom. This 4 days course aims at introducing and implementing differentiated methods of pupils and students evaluation.

During the course, there is a study visit to a Portuguese school that is fully engaged in looking at differences as an opportunity for educational innovation.

Teach, Learn and Quality (Lisbon Beach, Portugal)

In education, quality is essential. In this course, three different aspects of that quality are dealt with: its structure, the human element and the part of the school team.

The course tries to reveal the importance of getting the whole school team involved in the implementation of the schools’ educational quality programme.

Finnish Lessons for European schools (Joensuu, Finland)

Participants in this course will learn all about the Finnish educational system by visiting schools with an outstanding quality development plan in Joensuu North-Karelia (Finland).
Finland’s answer to educational reform results in a high learning output.

STE(A)M: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (Lisbon – South Bank, Portugal)

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics are crucial keystones in today’s society.
In current curricula and educational systems, there is a tendency to integrate these subjects into one approach: STEM.
Proof has already been given that this methodology hugely enhances the student’s motivation.

Diversity in Education (Lisbon Centre,  Portugal)

In this course, participants will learn how to deal with diversity in an educational environment, they will experience it within the course and will learn to consider it a meaningful challenge.
Coping with diversity is a way of looking at different people in another way, especially in times when schools are being confronted with inclusion and pupils with lots of diverse backgrounds.

During this course, we provide the knowledge, skills and attitudes the participants need to cope with diversity.

Teaching Tomorrow (Gozo, Malta)

Schools are facing many changes that have an impact on all levels and for all stakeholders.
Inspirational and strategic leadership provides a vision and direction towards effectiveness and success.  Participants will get to know new teaching and learning methods that face the educational challenges of the future.

The power of non-formal learning (Lisbon – South Bank, Portugal)

Methods of so-called non-formal learning can help to improve the students’ learning mood and motivation a lot.
Participants will discover several approaches to non-formal education, gain knowledge and experience several of these methods.

Meta Learning and Thinking Skills (Reykjavik – Iceland)

The course focuses on the necessary thinking processes needed when learning.
It deals with different thinking frameworks, e.g. Bloom’s taxonomy, ‘structured thinking’ by De Bono, critical thinking, growth mind set, philosophy, meta-learning and other major thinking frames.

Assessment and evaluation for effective learning (Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Learning is an individual, complex and to some extent unpredictable process. Can evaluation also support this learning process? We focus on 5 strategies: sharing learning objectives and criteria for success, organizing classroom activities that elicit evidence of learning, providing appropriate feedback, stimulating students to learn from each other and activating students as owners of their own learning process.

Inclusion in Early Childhood Primary Education (Groningen, The Netherlands)

For the period 2015-2030, the UN focuses on sustainable development goals such as educational quality, gender equity and social inclusion on all educational levels.

This course is the result of a recent ERASMUS+ KA2 project combining input and best practices from the UK, Turkey, Lithuania, Denmark, Portugal, The Netherlands and Flanders (BE) for children between 2.5 and 10 years old.

The course content is structured along six important keys: a holistic view on development, how to make adjustments, improving collaboration, enhancing communication, reflecting on and editing the school ethos.

Motivate Students of Technical and Vocational Education (Example of course on demand/Brugge, Flanders – Belgium)

The students’ motivation can be a challenging educational issue, especially in technical or vocational schools.
Motivation is a very complex notion and needs a holistic approach; the ‘self-determination’ theory offers some solutions.

More detailed information can be found on our website where we explain the content, programme and all practicalities.

You can find the profile of our in-service training organisation on this web page and on the European Gateway.

The website also informs and guides you through the process of application. Have a look at

To get an idea of some courses, have a look at the photoblog of Teach, Learn and Quality and our Facebook page.

The courses take place as a residential seminar of 5 or 4 days in a delightful hotel situated in interesting cities such as Lisbon (Portugal), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Joensuu (Finland), Gozo (Malta) or Reykjavik (Iceland).

Erasmus+ offers you the possibility to attend the course with a team of your school.

We offer a flexible cost structure (€ 785, € 945 and € 1250) allowing you to select the package that fits best your personal or schools’ situation.

In addition we offer a supplementary discount when you select a double room.

All courses can be funded as a KA1 learning mobility. The grant covers: travel, accommodation, subsistence, organization fee. The request is to be sent to your Erasmus+ National Agency.

The new deadline for application is February 2nd 2017 (12.00 h CET).

If you are interested in one or more courses, you can make a pre-registration using the appropriate link on the web or by clicking here.

Shortly after pre-registration, you will receive supportive documents and information helping you to apply for funding.

Don’t hesitate to contact us in case of doubt or if you need additional information.

Kind regards,

The course directors, Wim Simoens and Peter Van de Moortel

Gozo College Heads meet to propose targets for the next 3-year period

The Council of Heads within the Gozo College met together with the College Principal Mr Victor Galea to work on priority areas which will form the Gozo College Development plan for 2017-2020. The College comprises of 13 state schools in Gozo – 11 primary schools, a Middle and a Secondary School.

After reviewing the Mission and Vision of the College, Heads of Schools worked together to identify main areas in which the Gozo College is performing very well, amongst which are the results of the national benchmarks exams.  They also identified other areas in which the College requires further development.  The focus was on opportunities for the next 3-year period as well as the recognition of new realities in Gozo, including the demographic and population changes as well as the increase of European and Third Country nationals who are registering their children in Gozitan state schools.

“This fruitful discussion amongst our educational leaders brought forward the basis of the College Development Plan for the next 3-year period” informed Mr Victor Galea. “We identified and agreed upon 8 priority areas including: Leadership and Governance, Training, the Curriculum, Support Services, Policies based on the Respect for All framework, Resources, Schools Refurbishments and Public Relations.”

Language Policy for the Early Years in Gozo

The National Literacy Agency in collaboration with the Department of Curriculum Management, organised a seminar on the Language Policy for the Early Years in Malta and Gozo for the College Principal, Senior Management Teams of Primary Schools and Kindergarten Centres, childcare centres, the Head of Department for Literacy, Literacy Support teachers and complementary teachers on 22nd November 2016 from 9.00 to 12.30, at the Boys’ Secondary School, Victoria, Gozo.

Professional Development for Educational Leaders in Communication and Problem-Solving competences through an Action Research Approach to their Professional Practice

With reference to Letter Circular IfE 018/2016 the deadline for the submission of applications for the Course entitled Professional Development for Educational Leaders in Communication and Problem-Solving competences through an Action Research Approach to their Professional Practice 8 ECTS at MQF 6 is being extended to the 4th November 2016.

Testimonials from Heads of Schools who have participated in the course during scholastic year 2015-2016 can be accessed from the Institute’s website

Interested candidates are invited to send in their curriculum vitae to Dr Claudette Portelli at

“Easy Towns” project in HEIST-OP-DEN-BERG




Representatives from 10 European cities and communities stayed in Heist-op-den-Berg During the kick off conference of the European project EASY TOWNS they exchanged experiences and ideas on integration and multiculturalism.

Participants from Germany, Romania, Slovenia, Malta, Poland, Spain, Northern Ireland and Croatia presented their best practices in the field of multiculturalism and integration, in CC Zwaneberg. Heist itself presented the “Speelbox” and “De Babbelberg” and the other participants also showed their initiatives.


Learning Outcomes Framework – Final Seminar October 2015

Educators from the Gozo College were invited to attend the closing seminar of the Learning Outcomes Framework ESF 1.228 project. The seminar in Gozo was held at the Grand Hotel, Mgarr on Saturday, 24th October 2015.

The scope of the seminar is to disseminate the writing part of this project, which has now reached its final stages, and to explore the implementation aspects of the project.

Mr Lawrence Sciberras (Education Officer) attends “Educatioin for tomorrow” course in Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Mr Lawrence Sciberras, Education Officer at the Office of the Gozo College Principal represented the Gozo College during the course above in April 2016.

During this course the participants hailing from various countries (Greece, Belgium and Germany) reflected about the urgency to change Education and developed an understanding of the shifting paradigms of future teaching and learning. All participants had the unique opportunity to develop an understanding of concepts   such as Universal Design for learning, Inclusive Education, learning environment, cooperative learning, diverse instruction methods, co- teaching methods, ICT integration and non formal teaching. The participants also developed self-steering capacities on how to be change agents in their own working environment. 

The course was funded by EUPA under the Erasmus+ programme.