Together we learn better!

Teachers need to be key factors and initiators of their own lifelong learning. The development of the teaching profession is very important.

By attending the courses which met the needs identified in our school's Development plan, the teachers developed their teaching skills and helped our school's improvement too.

In order to develop competences regarding applying non-formal education activities and techniques in different formal settings so as to encourage inclusion and to develop creative intercultural strategies for dealing with inclusion challenges in our school and classrooms, an English teacher attended the course "Non formal for inclusion" in Lisbon, Portugal.

In order to develop competences regarding applying outdoor education in different formal settings so as to improve the motivation of the students and support the school development in the field of outdoor learning, a PE teacher attended the course "Outdoor education" in Lisbon, Portugal.

In order to develop competences regarding applying non-formal education in different formal settings to improve the motivation of the students and develop tools about ways of applying non-formal education in the formal environment for different age groups, a class teacher attended the course "Spice up formal education!" in Lisbon, Portugal.

In order to be able to successfully use, develop and support the creation of students’ stories using innovative, ICT based tools and techniques that will help students use their creativity to learn about science topics related to space exploration, a Maths teacher attended the course "Stories of tomorrow" in Athens, Greece.

In order to develop ICT competences about applying technology in different educational settings to improve the motivation of the students, a Maths teacher attended the course "Make technology your friend" in Lisbon, Portugal.

In order to develop, improve and enhance inquiry-based science teaching skills through the use of virtual online and remote labs in STEM education, a Maths teacher attended the course "Go-Lab" in Athens, Greece.

In order to improve their digital skills, make their lessons more interesting, visual and motivating for their students, a Geography teacher and a TE teacher attended the course "Tablets and Smartphones: using mobile devices as educational tools" in Florence, Italy.

Participation in these courses helped our school teachers to improve their educational approaches. The identified training courses helped bridge the gap between innovating and less-innovating teachers in our school. The courses enabled them to be better prepared for future challenges and how to use innovative technological tools and apply new teaching practices throughout the curriculum and foster open-mindedness towards innovation.

Another important dimension of the participation of our school's educational staff in training activities organised within the framework of Erasmus+ was the opportunity to meet, collaborate, cooperate and share experiences and methods with colleagues from other European countries. In this way, they enhanced their European identity and also developed cross-national educational and cooperation activities in collaboration with other schools.

The teachers participating in the courses gained more experience in working on an international level with other teachers which is essential for making school partnerships work. The desired outcome is greater European mobility which is the main component of the desired internationalisation of our school.