Why are teachers, trainers and school leaders important?
Teachers, trainers and school leaders play a central role in the provision of high-quality, inclusive education for all learners. During the COVID-19 pandemic, they rapidly adapted to school closures and switched to remote and blended forms of teaching to ensure that effective learning could continue.
Without involving and committing these professionals, no educational reform will succeed. They play a central role in fostering and implementing innovative curricula and teaching practices that provide learners with the key competences they need to flourish in Europe’s sustainable digital economy of the future.
However, shortages of teachers and trainers put the provision of high-quality, inclusive and innovative education at risk. To tackle this problem, the essential work of these education professionals needs to be revalorised.
They need support throughout their careers to develop their competences and opportunities to collaborate and exchange with their peers through projects and networks across borders.
What is the EU doing?
To address these issues, the Commission is taking the following actions
- developing 25 Erasmus+ Teacher Academies by 2025 to create networks of teacher education institutions, teacher associations and stakeholders
- creating European guidance for the development of national career frameworks to support the career progression of school education professionals
- boosting the number and quality of teacher mobility periods
- implementing the European Innovative Teaching Award to recognise the work of teachers and their schools