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European Innovative Teaching Award

Awarded Projects 2021

When is a school project ‘innovative’? This might not be easy to judge, but there are plenty of innovators across European schools, and the European Innovative Teaching Award is here to find them all.

The European Innovative Teaching Award has set up 4 characteristics of innovative teaching and learning. Based on the criteria below, 104 projects have been awarded at the European Innovative Teaching Award Ceremony, on the 20th October 2021.

compendium summarises all 104 projects that received the award for their outstanding innovative teaching and learning practices in the context of European cooperation through Erasmus+.


- Multidisciplinary approaches
- Key competence development (knowledge, skills and attitudes)
- Linking formal, non-formal and informal learning
- Inclusion, participation, cooperation
- Innovative use of tools
- Learner’s active role in the learning process


- The whole school approach
- Cross-sectoral cooperation and partnerships
- Digital/blended learning (relational/affective site)
- Schools as enablers of innovation


- Teachers’ agency as innovators
- Teachers’ cooperation and peer learning


- Quality of innovation processes
- Spillover effect


Thematic area of the 2021 edition: distance and blended learning.



Explore all projects and categories in the sections below.


Early childhood education and care

The European Innovative Teaching Award awarded 19 education projects in the “Early childhood education and care” category, thus highlighting the most innovative learning and teaching practices put in place by teachers with children.

29 school projects have been granted in the field of “primary education”, where numerous initiatives have paved the way to new teaching methodologies.

Secondary education

The “secondary education” category includes this year 31 projects from all over Europe which have stood up for their innovative learning and teaching approach.

VET schools

The future of Vocational Education and Training (VET) schools is in innovation and interaction. Discover the 25 projects that have been awarded this year by the European Innovative Teaching Award and get inspired!


General publications6 December 2023
A compendium of the 2021 European Innovative Teaching Award laureates

Publication in pdf format