The Novice Educator Support and Training (NEST) Erasmus+ project recently hosted the EU Policy Conference aimed at transforming the support system for novice teachers in disadvantaged schools. Held in Brussels on March 21st, the conference brought together policymakers, educators, NGOs and experts to discuss the NEST evidence-based mentoring model for enhancing the retention of novice teachers in challenging educational environments. 

One of the key highlights of the conference was the participation of Wendy Kopp, CEO of Teach For All, who kicked off the event, followed by the keynote of Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen, Director-General of Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC) at the European Commission, 

The first panel discussion on “Innovative approaches to support novice teachers in disadvantaged schools– Implications for Pathways to School Success” highlighted the objectives and impact of the NEST project with speakers from the European Commission, NEST participants, NEST consortium members and experts in Mentoring. The second panel discussion “How KA3 projects have demonstrated to influence policy reform in the EU” aimed at showcasing what works to design, implement and exploit successful Key Action 3 projects, with the collective knowledge from some of our NEST partners, alongside experts from previous projects led by the consortium (i.e. NEWTT and FIERST). Additionally, the conference featured a participatory workshop that offered a deep dive into the NEST Mentoring Model and its successful outcomes. 

The NEST EU Policy Conference served as a space for knowledge exchange and collaboration to support the transformation of education systems across the EU, to ensure all children can fulfill their potential.