As the School Education Gateway turns three, it is growing faster than ever
It has been three years since the launch of the The School Education Gateway (SEG) in February 2015.
Designed as a single point of entry for teachers, school leaders, policy makers, experts and other professionals in the school education field, the School Education Gateway is on a growing trend. Also thanks to the active involvement of the Erasmus+ National Agencies in its promotion, the platform now counts over 45 000 registered users from 145 countries and receives close to 63 000 visits per month, with a peak of 90 000 per month in the last quarter of 2017.
Aiming to foster connections between practitioners, policy makers, and experts, the School Education Gateway offers teachers and school leaders the possibility to engage with a broad group of stakeholders. The platform is also an outlet for the latest news and expert views on school education and provides teachers with resources for their professional development, with information on EU policies and funding opportunities and with guidance on participating in Erasmus+ activities.
The array of services offered on the School Education Gateway is ever growing. The platform also hosts collaborative online spaces for thematic groups of school education stakeholders, on-site and customised online courses for teachers and school staff via the Teacher Academy, as well as the European Toolkit for Schools, a repository of good practices for tackling early school leaving. Schools can additionally use the platform to search for Erasmus+ opportunities ( e.g. for school staff to undertake teaching assignments and job shadowing in a host school/organization abroad; or for partnerships of schools and other organizations across Europe to carry out joint projects that aim at improving standards and the quality of teaching and learning). Countless other resources and references are added each month.
The content on the platform is organized around monthly topics, with new contributions added each month, including expert interviews, fresh insights into school education practices and user surveys on topical policy and programme questions. The topics to be covered in 2018 include cultural heritage, assessment for learning and fostering creativity and innovation in STEM.