2019 Nov – 2021 Oct

Promoting the use of self-reflection tools to support innovation and systemic change in schools

The project Reflecting for Change (R4C) aims at proposing an advanced support framework, as well as a set of core policy recommendations, to schools seeking to introduce a type of holistic change that will ensure a meaningful uptake of sustainable innovation, with an emphasis on achieving improved learning outcomes as set by the Europe 2020 strategy.

R4C is a Forward-Looking Cooperation Project that promotes the use of self-reflection tools to support innovation and systemic change in education and training institutions. These projects highlight good practice in using and, in particular, following-up results from the two self-reflection tools developed by the European Commission, namely HEInnovate for higher education institutions and SELFIE for schools.

In R4C approach, innovation is understood in terms of a school’s pathway to digital maturity (e-maturity) and its comprehensive relationship to the use of ICT, as well as a school’s pathway to openness demonstrated in its relationship with external stakeholders, in parental engagement, in fostering the well-being of its community as a whole, in its ability to combine the delivering of the curriculum with a study of local challenges, in its willingness and capacity to share its achievements with other schools and in its engagement with contemporary Responsible Research Innovation (RRI) challenges.

The consortium will organize and coordinate large scale pilots with schools to evaluate the effects of, and systematically validate the proposed approach by implementing numerous activities and exploiting at the same time the opportunities offered by major ongoing initiatives and reforms, in Greece, Portugal and Italy. The project will be implemented with a bottom up approach in 300 primary and secondary schools, in urban as well as in rural areas while the sample for the validation of the proposed approach will consist of 1,500 teachers and 15,000 students.

Key Project Deliverables

  • School Innovation Model
    It will define the specific elements of innovation in schools (based on SELFIE and OSOS-SRT indicators).
  • School Profile and Analytics Framework
    In order to populate school innovation profiles, the fields of Teaching, Learning and/or Academic Analytics will be utilized in order to propose an overarching School Analytics framework towards providing holistic decision support to school leaders across all school layers.
  • School Innovation Profiling Tool and Planning Recommender System
    The school innovation profiling tool that will be used to profile the innovation status of the school involved in the R4C pilot activities and for visualizing the different elements of the individual schools innovation profile for the school heads, and the school innovation planning recommender system will be used for providing recommendations (and tracking the implemented innovation pathway) to school heads and teachers for strategic school innovation based the school innovation profile.
  • School Innovation Support Mechanism
    The consortium will design and set in action a community support mechanism that will empower teachers and learners and facilitate innovation in the participating school settings. The core activity in this framework will be to build a group of change leaders who will share leading innovative practices.
  • School Innovation Strategies
    This document will describe the necessary strategies that will help every single school to improve, reinvent, supplement and transform according to its profile and identified needs.
  • School Innovation Roadmap
    The roadmap will be a set of guidelines that will be informed from the implementation findings. It will aim to support the schools to be engaged in the innovation process setting up their innovation pathways based on a self-reflection process that will help schools to identify their weaknesses and needs.
  • School Innovation Academy
    The School Innovation Academy will propose a school innovation support service, which will facilitate the process for envisioning, managing and monitoring change in school settings by providing a localised and flexible structure to follow.

Project Partners

Ellinogermaniki Agogi

Greece (coordinator)

Ellinogermaniki Agogi (EA, is an educational organization of private law, officially recognized by the state. Established in 1995, the Research and Development Department of EA provides the test bed for research applications

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European School Heads Association

EU level

ESHA, the European School Heads Association, is a professional non-profit organisation for European school leaders. Members of ESHA are national organisations for school heads and deputy school heads within (pre-) primary, secondary and vocational education.

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European Distance and E-learning Network (EDEN)
EU level

The European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN) exists to share knowledge and improve understanding amongst professionals in distance and e-learning and to promote policy and practice across the whole of Europe and beyond.

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EU Level

Founded in 2008, Science View develops and runs science communication and science education activities to help bridge the gap between the scientific community, students and citizens.

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University of Bayreuth (UBT)

The University of Bayreuth (UBT), founded as state university of Bavaria, is characterized by interdisciplinarity, individuality, innovation and internationality.

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Institute of Educational Policy (IEP)

The Institute of Educational Policy (I.E.P.)  is a scientific agency that provides support to the Minister of Education and Religious Affairs on issues regarding primary and secondary education, post-secondary education, transition from secondary to higher education, teacher training, student dropout and early school leaving.

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Fondazione Idis-Città della Scienza

Fondazione Idis-Città della Scienza activities aim at building a new economy based on knowledge in order to create a greater social cohesion. Our mission based on the valorisation of territorial resources with a particular attention to the European and Mediterranean contexts.

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NUCLIO – Núcleo Interativo de Astronomia

NUCLIO – Núcleo Interactivo de Astronomia is a non-profit association and a Non-Governmental Organization for development that focuses on  nnovation in education and Science teaching

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