The NEST consortium brings together key public and non-government stakeholders with expertise in teacher support, training and management:

  1. Seven public authorities, which recognize and are concerned by the current lack of access to high quality mentoring for novice teachers in disadvantaged schools.
  2. Five non-government education organisations that are members of the Teach for All network, that together with the Teach For All organisation, bring a sound track record in teaching in disadvantaged schools.

3. An Evaluation team with expertise on international comparative research and policy experimentation.

4. Two additional partners that provide advisory support and “critical eyes” over the whole lifetime of the project.

Teach for Bulgaria will be the Project coordinator, having been delegated the role by the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science. Teach For Bulgaria is a leading NGO in education with a mission to provide high-quality education to every child in Bulgaria, regardless of their socio-economic background. It runs two separate programs: Model Schools which works with professional learning communities to ensure schoolwide transformation and New Ways into Teaching, a program which recruits, trains, and develops capable and motivated professionals who go on to work in public schools serving vulnerable communities.

The Department of Educational Policies within the organization is the unit responsible for the general management of the educational system, focusing on analysing the performance of the educational system, evaluating the educational policies in the FWB and coordinating evidence-based research in education.

The Regional Department of Education and Research of Madrid (Consejería de Educación e Investigación of Madrid) is in charge of developing education policies directed towards teacher training and development in the Region of Madrid. It is directly responsible for the execution of the Government’s actions.

SeGEC is the institutional structure representing and coordinating the 1,100 Catholic schools in Frenchspeaking Belgium, including 280 secondary schools. Within SeGEC, the training and pedagogical support services have developed initiatives to support schools in the onboarding and integration of novice teachers, adopting both a disciplinary and cross-disciplinary approach.

Teach for Belgium is a Belgian NGO, established in 2013 that aims to address the inequity within the education system and the shortage of teachers. Its mission is to enable every student to succeed regardless of their socio-economic background. Through their growing community of teachers, alumni and partners Teach For Belgium aims to create a movement of actors of change that tackles not only the symptoms of inequity in education but also its root causes and thereby contributing to systemic change.

 Teach For All is a global network of 56 independent national NGOs, whose mission is to increase and accelerate the impact of independent, locally led and funded partner organizations that are working to improve educational quality in their countries. By supporting national programmes to collaborate in recruiting and developing leadership in their countries to expand educational opportunity, Teach For All helps to catalyse progress toward a future in which all children can fulfil their potential.

The Ministry of Education and Science is the central public authority responsible for the planning, management, execution, and control of state activities at the kindergarten, school, and university level in Bulgaria. It takes full accountability of applying the current education law and all underlying legal acts that describe the implementation of education policies in the system.

The Brussels Education Centre (OCB) is a skilled and professional government agency that trains and supports school teams within Dutch-speaking education in the Brussels Capital Region. They focus on creating powerful learning environments with special attention to well-being and involvement of all children. They offer tailored support to schools, including diversity in education, and novice educators support for teaching.

The Departament d’Educació is the public authority responsible for designing and executing policies in education in the region of Catalunya. It combines the regulation of public and private education and is responsible for the regulation and management of the area of sports, youth, protection of historical and artistic heritage, museums, libraries and archives. 

The Teacher’s Trade Union is part of the Labor Confederation „Podkrepa“. Podkrepa is a Member of the European Trade Union Committee of Education and a Member Trade Union Committee on Education (ETUCE). Podkrepa works closely with the Ministry of Education and Science and the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy regarding changes in the current education policy and takes part in policy development.

Teach for Romania was founded in 2013 and is one of the biggest and long – lasting NGO in education in Romania. The organisation’s vision is to create life options through quality education for every child in Romania, regardless of region, type of school, or socio-economic status. Teach for Romania works to accomplish this by recruiting and selecting high-potential Romanian people, training them as inspirational teachers and supporting them to become leaders in Romanian education.

The Board of Education for Vienna with over 400 members of staff is a public authority and the official institution responsible for the education and schooling of all pupils aged between 6 and 19 who live in the Federal Province of Vienna, the capital of Austria. The “European Office” (EUB) as special department of the Board of Education for Vienna is responsible for international projects and affairs in particular European affairs.

The Ministry of Education and Research is the central public authority responsible for the planning, management, execution, and control of state activities at the kindergarten, school, and university level in Romania. Furthermore, it takes full accountability of applying the current education law and all underlying legal acts that describe the implementation of education policies in the system. 

The Faculty of Education within the University Duisburg-Essen is one of the biggest teacher education units within the German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia. The faculty has developed a strong empirical research profile. Members of the faculty have been involved in several national and international large-scale assessments, like the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).

Established in 2011, Teach For Austria is a NGO specialised in the field of education whose main focus and vision is to work towards reducing inequities in the Austrian education system. The model of Teach For Austria is to recruit excellent and highly motivated recent university graduates and young professionals with strong leadership skills, prepare, and support them to become full-time teachers for two years in schools and kindergartens with a high percentage of students from socio-economic disadvantaged backgrounds.

Empieza por Educar (ExE) is a non-governmental organisation founded in 2010 to help address school failure and educational inequalities in Spain. Their mission is to build a movement of change agents that, in collaboration with others stakeholders, contribute to all children, starting with the most vulnerable, through education, have meaningful lives. To achieve the above, they attract the best university graduates and select them for a professional development programme. 

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