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Open Schools for Open Societies

April 2017 – March 2020

Focus An Open School culture

This three-year Open Schools for Open Societies project aims to help a thousand European primary and secondary schools with opening up to its community. An open school is a more engaging environment for students and will raise their motivation: student projects are connected to real needs from the community and can draw upon local expertise and experience. In addition, an open school will be inspired by its community and they can use these new insights to innovate their education.

In this project, schools can count on support around curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. Guidelines and advices are given on different issues such as staff development, redesigning time, and partnerships with, for instance, local industries, businesses, research centres, parents and policy makers. Finally, schools can count on a range of possible implementation models and a database full of existing ‘open school’ projects. Schools that had participated in the first round of implementations, school year 2017-2018, will act as HUBs for the schools participating in the second round of this project. This method stimulates growing support networks between schools.

To find out more about Open Schools for Open Societies and to become part of this project, please contact us.


Guidelines and advices on issues such as staff development, redesigning time and
partnerships with relevant organisations (local industries, research organisations, parent
associations and policy makers)

A range of possible implementation models from small-scale prototypes through to setting
up an “open school within a school” or even designing a new school.

A database with more than 50 “open school” student projects


Ellinogermaniki Agogi (EA) – Project Coordinator – Greece
Bloomfield Science Museum Jerusalem (BSMJ) – Israel
Ciência Viva (CVIVA) – Portugal
Curtin University of Technology (CURTIN) – Australia
Dublin City University (DCU) – Ireland
European Physical Society (EPS) – France
European School Heads Association (ESHA) – The Netherlands
Fondazione Idis-Città della Scienza (IDIS) – Italy
Foundation Open Science (FOS) – Bulgaria
Institute of Educational Policy (IEP) – Greece
INTRASOFT International SA (INTRA) – Luxemburg
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – USA
National Centre of Science and Technology (NEMO) – The Netherlands
Núcleo Interativo de Astronomia (Nuclio) – Portugal
ORT Israel (ORT) – Israel
Science View (SV) – Greece
University of Bayreuth (UBT) – Germany
University of Deusto (UD) – Spain
University of Turku (UTU) – Finland

ESHA’s role In charge of dissemination, communication lead

If you have any further questions or need more information, please contact ESHA 

Heerbeek Open School College

Please take a few minutes to see and hear how the Heerbeek College is transferred into an open school. The Heerbeek College is a rural school for children between the age of 12-18 years old. The school management realises that it is important for their children that they experience problems in the open society, including businesses and institutions. This can only be done if teachers are not resistant to this idea. Therefore the school spend a lot of efforts to connect teachers themselves to society.