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Learning together in the real world

Open Schooling is an approach in which purposeful collaborations are built between schools and their wider communities. Families, experts and other stakeholders collaborate with teachers and students to address relevant local challenges, contribute to community development, and promote an active global citizenship attitude.

Open Schooling offers students the opportunity to learn together in the real world, and widens their horizons to learn from people other than their teachers.

Forms of Open Schooling

As teacher or school leader, you almost certainly already do some form of Open Schooling: when you involve outside partners, or bring your students outside the school walls.

Open Schooling can be tailored to deliver specific curriculum in a new way, to improve student engagement or to initiate and deepen a school’s relationships with its community. Whatever form it takes, at the heart of Open Schooling is a mindset and culture that is outward facing and collaborative.

Why Open Schooling?

In Open Schooling young learners develop skills and competencies necessary for digital transformation and the global challenges we face in the 21st century. It provides teachers with new and innovative methods to improve student learning and schools can play a vital role for the local community.

How to start Open Schooling

Open Schooling can require slightly different skills and resources than more traditional teaching approaches, though it need not be more complicated. Like all successful teaching it requires a measure of creativity and ambition alongside curiosity and planning.

Testimonials Open Schooling

Testimonial student's perspective

Student's perspective

Within project SALL (Schools as Living Labs) students worked with professionals they hardly knew. Elin Geerling, student at Caland Lyceum in Amsterdam, talks about what is it like for a 13-year-old to work with adults.

Testimonial institution's perspective

Institution's perspective

Le Dôme, a French cultural centre dedicated to research and participatory innovation, switched from the traditional approach to the living lab approach. Lab manager François Millet talks about what this means for their activities.

Testimonial teacher's perspective

Teacher's perspective

In the SALL project (Schools as Living Labs), students from the ORT Danciger school in Kiryat Shmona (Israel) develop solutions to assist beekeepers. They learned an important lesson by being beekeepers themselves for a day. Their teacher Magi Mualem talks about the benefits of this approach to learning.

Open Schooling Navigator

This is your guide in Open Schooling. It is part of a mix of actions, tools and resources open for you to join, use or attend to help you on your way in your Open Schooling project.

Learn more about how this Open Schooling Navigator can support you or check out the toolkit, open schooling hubs and online course following the links below.

Other support materials & activities


We provide information packs for teachers and school leaders, with information on open schooling, the benefits of such a practice and how you can begin exploring open schooling practices within your school/ community. At the moment the toolkit is available in English only.

Open Schooling Hubs

Mid 2022 national Open Schooling Hubs have started in 10 countries. Hubs act as educational incubator encouraging schools to transform into open schooling environments and spaces of community wellbeing. The Open Schooling Hubs are the main contact point for Open Schooling in their country, and act as supporters and facilitators offering training and regular meet-ups for teachers and other educators.


We offer a Massive Open Online Course (in English) to help you choose and build your own open schooling learning scenarios. The MOOC will connect teachers and educators with various levels of experience in Open Schooling. The course will run for a period of 4 weeks during the 1st semester of 2023 and will remain available afterwards.