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Innovation at school:
Inclusion, Autonomy and Flexibility


BRUGES (Flanders - Belgium)

2-6 December 2019

You are interested in the course for the year 2019-2020?
Please make a pre-registration, it doesn’t oblige you to nothing afterwards, but makes it possible to keep contact.

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Dates can be subject to change and are only final after official confirmation by the course provider.



The hosting partner organisation is Eekhout Academy. 

Eekhout Academy - University Leuven campus Kortrijk
Etienne Sabbelaan 53
8500 Kortrijk
Flanders – Belgium
PIC = 947859169


This course is run in collaboration with ALMADAFORMA, School’s Training Centre of Almada.
Rua projetada V à rua da Urraca,
2825-105 Almada
PIC 945946911



The course is organized in the famous medieval city of BRUGGE ( BRUGES - FLANDERS - Belgium). Participants are lodged in a nice  hotel. 

Belgium is a federal state where the competences on education are completely devolved towards the 3 Communities. The Flemish Community of Flanders has full and complete autonomy on the organization of its educational system and educational policy.

An exploration of the Flemish education system may be interesting, since the PISA results show that Flanders is a good performer in reading literacy, mathematical literacy and scientific literacy.  

Furthermore the Flemish education system is based on a lot of autonomy for schools (School Boards). On the pedagogical level, this autonomy and flexibility is repeated for teachers.

Recently a lot of schools are exploring and experimenting new ways of organising the school structure, the curriculum, teaching methods … 

The course integrates input and background with study visits to schools in Bruges and/or Ghent and a visit to the National Authority (Ministry of Education or a National Network of School Boards) in Brussels.  At those moments a cultural programme is added to the course. 

The communication and course language is English.

Example of the programme

This international course focuses on:

  • The Flemish education system;
  • The role of autonomy in the motivation process of teachers and students;
  • How a (more) flexible school structure can lead to approaches toward diversity;
  • How a (more) flexible school structure can lead to better student results;
  • Changing leadership towards autonomy and self-regulating teams;
  • Several visits to schools with interaction with principals and teachers (Bruges and/or Ghent);
  • Visit to National Authority (Ministry of Education or a National Network of School Boards) in Brussels
  • Reflection and transfer towards individual education context of each participant.

The course is organised by a consortium of European educational organisations that worked together in previous international projects.
The trainers have a broad experience in school organisation, teaching and learning methods, motivation of students and international courses.

A course day starts at 09.00 h and ends at 16.00 h, with a break for lunch of 1 h.
On Friday we end at 15.30 h, allowing participants to catch the last airplane. 

The first and last evening, the participants have the opportunity to join a cultural programme, welcome supper and farewell supper.  

During the course week, there is a free period for personal reflection and transfer exercises.

AcQuired competences

  • Participants know and understand the Flemish Education System;
  • Participants know and understand the role of autonomy and flexibility in designing educational processes;
  • Participants get motivated by inspiring good practices on new leadership;
  • Participants understand the role of autonomy in the motivation process of teachers and students;
  • Participants can develop educational packages (lessons) that include autonomy in order to motivate the students.
  • Participants understand how a (more) flexible school structure(s) can lead to better student results;
  • Participants can develop methods to use (more) flexible school structures in order to obtain better school results;
  • Participants build up awareness of the power of autonomy and flexibility;
  • During the school visit, the participants acquire insight in the implementation process;
  • During the school visits the participants learn from the teachers how to manage flexibility in the curriculum;
  • Participants learn to set up an operation plan imbedded in an holistic quality structure.

Feedback from participants

  • I was in some projects before, but this course was the best. You are the best team! Thanks very much for all!
  • I recognized a lot of things in it and it was good to hear about it in a structured way. Well done!
  • The master classes were great, enthusiastic participation of all.
  • I will advice colleagues to attend this course next year: yes 97%
  • Every course brought my some new ideas, great ones and little ones.



The course  is organized in Bruges (Belgium).  The historic centre of Bruges has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The course sessions are programmed in a renovated abbey just outside the centre of the city and the participants stay in a nice hotel.


- We offer a flexible cost structure, allowing you to select the package that fits best your personal or school situation.
- For a detailed explanation, have a look at our 'Cost Structure'.

- You can request an Erasmus Plus grant from your national agency which will cover almost all costs of this course.
- We can guide you through the process of funding and application. To do so, you need the make a pre-registration.
- After pre-registration, we’ll contact you by mail and provide the application help.


There is a very easy train access from Brussels - Zaventem Airport to the city of Bruges. The train station is located at the airport on level -1  at a small distance from the arrivals hall.
The travel time from the airport to Bruges is about  90 minutes.
Some train connections require a change of train in the train station of Brussels (Brussel Noord, Brussel Centraal or Brussel Zuid).


Don't hesitate to contact us if you need more information on the content and the organization of the course.
We can provide support during the process, give some help and provide tips for the application documents, advice you on the European Staff Development Plan (part of the application) or your professionalization plan and help you after approval with the practical arrangements (e.g. information on travel and accommodation).

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