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New Models for Schools:
Autonomy and Flexibility


BRUGES (Belgium)

29 April – 3 May 2019


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



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 delightful hotel located in the historic centre of the city.
Belgium is a federal state where the competences on education are completely devolved towards the 3 Communities (Flemish Community, French Community of Belgium and German Community of Belgium). 
The Flemish Community or 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 top-performer in reading literacy, mathematical literacy and scientific literacy. Flanders obtains the first place for mathematical literacy and the second place for reading literacy immediately after Finland and Ireland.
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… 

This international course, organised in Brugge (Flanders, Belgium), focuses on:

  • The Flemish education system;
  • The role of autonomy in the motivation process of teachers and students;
  • How a (more) flexible school structures can lead to approaches toward diversity;
  • How a (more) flexible school structures can lead to better student results;
  • Changing leadership towards autonomy and self-regulating teams;
  • Schools visits and interaction with principals and teachers;
  • 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.

AcQuired competences

  • Participants know and understand the Flemish Education System;
  • Participants know and understand the role of autonomy and flexibility in the Flemish Education;
  • 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 seminar is organized in Bruges (Belgium).
The historic center of Bruges has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000 thanks to its status as one of the commercial and cultural capitals of Europe and its enduring Gothic architecture.


- 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 access from Brussels Airport-Zaventem to the city of Bruges. The train station is located on level -1 of the terminal, at a small distance from the arrivals hall. Travel time from the airport to Bruges: 90 minutes.


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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