In 2021, the European Innovative Teaching Award was successfully launched as part of the European Education Area, aiming to recognise the work of teachers (and their schools) who make an exceptional contribution to the profession. Across the first two editions in 2021 and 2022, more than 200 outstanding Erasmus+ projects were honoured with this prestigious award, firmly establishing its reputation.
The award is implemented in close cooperation with the network of Erasmus+ National Agencies, which play a pivotal role in identifying and selecting suitable projects in four distinct categories: Early childhood education and care, Primary education, Secondary education, and Vocational education and training schools.
Each year, the award centres around a specific theme aligned with the priorities of the European Commission. In 2023, the annual theme is "Education and innovation" which is intrinsically linked to the European Year of Skills.
The third edition of the award puts the spotlight on new and emerging technologies, such as robotics, coding and programming, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, entrepreneurship and how these can be introduced in school education curricula. A total of 93 projects from 32 European countries are recognized and honoured across the four categories in 2023.
The Erasmus+ National Agencies are responsible for the selection of winning projects through either a direct selection of awardees, short-listing of potential awardees, or publishing an open call. For more precise information on the selection process in your country, please consult the website of the respective National Agency.
Whether you seek to understand how the European Innovative Teaching Award fosters innovation within European schools or are keen on participating in the upcoming edition, you can access comprehensive information about the award by exploring further details.