Category Archives: Professional Development

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

LGBTIQ Seminar

The Gozo College together with the Student Services Department organized a one day seminar regarding LGBTIQ challenges in our schools.  Guidance teachers and psycho-social team personnel within the college took an active part in workshops and discussions which made them more aware of how they can help LGBTIQ students reach full equality within our schools.

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.

Seminar for Gozo College General Hands

On the 3rd November, the Gozo College organized a seminar to all the General hands and cleaners within its schools. This involved the participation of Fr. Joseph Bajada who spoke about the importance of respect at work and moral principals. Afterwards Ms Mary Mercieca from Wasteserv Malta explained the waste separation programme focusing on organic waste. A team building activity was carried out by the College Precincts Officer  Mr Adrian Formosa. Mr Noel Portelli with the assistance of Mr Marvic Hili from the Health Department within the Ministry of Gozo, raised awareness about hygiene in schools, particularly in breakfast club rooms, toilets and classrooms. The day ended with some reflection by Ms Antoinette Psaila regarding ethics at work.

The Gozo College Precincts Officer would like to extend his thanks to all participants, speakers, the Gozo College Principal Mr Victor Galea and his team namely; Mr Andrew Said and Dr Lawrence Sciberras and Head of school Ms Terezina Camilleri for providing the premises.

eTwinning conference 2016 27-29 October – Athens

Why a conference on ‘Digital Citizenship’

Digital Citizenship is a concept for our age, a world where most people have an identity and life in the online world, as much as they have in real world. Digital Citizenship is a broad concept that explores how best we should act in this online world, what we need to be aware of and of course what are our rights and responsibilities.

eTwinning is the Community for schools in Europe which has reached 400,000 teachers and growing. eTwinning offers a means to teachers to educate their pupils in preparation for their full participation in a connected society where everyone can play a role beyond the boundaries of their local environment.

The focus of the conference is to explore together how to raise the capabilities of the schools of today to be prepared for the challenges of the fully digital society of tomorrow.

Conference programme

Over 500 eTwinning teachers from all over Europe will participate in the conference, from 27 to 29 October, in Athens (Greece). The first day, Emma Mulqueeny (Founder/board member of Rewired State and Young Rewired State) will deliver the keynote address ‘Introducing you to the way 97ers learn, share, infl uence and care’. We will also give the prizes to the teachers who won the eTwinning European prizes 2016. We will stream live the plenary sessions on our YouTube channel.

During days 2 and 3, participants will enjoy over 40 workshops with more than 30 different experienced trainers. Finally, the Annual Conference will see the launch of eTwinning’s new publication, ‘Growing Digital Citizens: developing active citizenship through eTwinning’ (in EN).

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