As the COVID-10 restrictions relaxed in the EU, the NEST consortium could finally meet in person in Barcelona on May 11-12. This was a great opportunity to gather all project participants after the first anniversary of the project, that was kicked off in March 2021, and achieving one of the key project milestones: the submission of the first interim report.

During the meeting, the consortium had the opportunity to look back on the past project period and share great success stories. Besides that, national pilots in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Romania and Spain could draw a clear roadmap for the coming year, to enable NEST mentors through another year of training and support to novice teachers.

In addition to that, the concept of “exploitation” was introduced. Each national pilot brainstormed together what does “NEST impact” mean in their contexts, resulting in the drafting of five different national-level, which had a clear objective: transfer project results into public policy so that all novice teachers working in disadvantaged schools receive mentoring support.

The NEST consortium remains highly motivated and feels enthusiastic about the future of the project given the great results achieved during the first year, and is committed to ensure that NEST outcomes will reach the greatest impact beyond its end in February 2024.