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Greece:Mobility in Early Childhood and School Education

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Greece:Political, Social and Economic Background and Trends

Greece:Historical Development

Greece:Main Executive and Legislative Bodies

Greece:Population: Demographic Situation, Languages and Religions

Greece:Political and Economic Situation

Greece:Organisation and Governance

Greece:Fundamental Principles and National Policies

Greece:Lifelong Learning Strategy

Greece:Organisation of the Education System and of its Structure

Greece:Organisation of Private Education

Greece:National Qualifications Framework

Greece:Administration and Governance at Central and/or Regional Level

Greece:Administration and Governance at Local and/or Institutional Level

Greece:Statistics on Organisation and Governance

Greece:Funding in Education

Greece:Early Childhood and School Education Funding

Greece:Higher Education Funding

Greece:Adult Education and Training Funding

Greece:Early Childhood Education and Care

Greece:Organisation of Programmes for Children under 4 years

Greece:Teaching and Learning in Programmes for Children under 4 years

Greece:Assessment in Programmes for Children under 4 years

Greece:Organisation of Programmes for Children over 4 years

Greece:Teaching and Learning in Programmes for Children over 4 years

Greece:Assessment in Programmes for Children over 4 years

Greece:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Early Childhood Education and Care

Greece:Primary Education

Greece:Organisation of Primary Education

Greece:Teaching and Learning in Primary Education

Greece:Assessment in Primary Education

Greece:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Primary Education

Greece:Secondary and Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Greece:Organisation of General Lower Secondary Education

Greece:Teaching and Learning in General Lower Secondary Education

Greece:Assessment in General Lower Secondary Education

Greece:Organisation of General Upper Secondary Education

Greece:Teaching and Learning in General Upper Secondary Education

Greece:Assessment in General Upper Secondary Education

Greece:Organisation of Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Greece:Teaching and Learning in Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Greece:Assessment in Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Greece:Organisation of Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Greece:Teaching and Learning in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Greece:Assessment in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Greece:Higher Education

Greece:Types of Higher Education Institutions

Greece:First Cycle Programmes

Greece:Bachelor

Greece:Short-Cycle Higher Education

Greece:Second Cycle Programmes

Greece:Programmes outside the Bachelor and Master Structure

Greece:Third Cycle (PhD) Programmes

Greece:Adult Education and Training

Greece:Distribution of Responsibilities

Greece:Developments and Current Policy Priorities

Greece:Main Providers

Greece:Main Types of Provision

Greece:Validation of Non-formal and Informal Learning

Greece:Teachers and Education Staff

Greece:Initial Education for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Conditions of Service for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece: Initial Education for Academic Staff in Higher Education

Greece:Conditions of Service for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Greece:Continuing Professional Development for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Greece:Initial Education for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Conditions of Service for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Management and Other Education Staff

Greece:Management Staff for Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Staff Involved in Monitoring Educational Quality for Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Education Staff Responsible for Guidance in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Other Education Staff or Staff Working with Schools

Greece:Management Staff for Higher Education

Greece:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Higher Education

Greece:Management Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Quality Assurance

Greece:Quality Assurance in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Quality Assurance in Higher Education

Greece:Quality Assurance in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Educational Support and Guidance

Greece:Special Education Needs Provision within Mainstream Education

Greece:Separate Special Education Needs Provision in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Support Measures for Learners in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Guidance and Counselling in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Support Measures for Learners in Higher Education

Greece:Guidance and Counselling in Higher Education

Greece:Support Measures for Learners in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Guidance and Counselling in a Lifelong Learning Approach

Greece:Mobility and Internationalisation

Greece:Mobility in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Mobility in Higher Education

Greece:Mobility in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Early Childhood and School Education

Greece:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Higher Education

Greece:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Adult Education and Training

Greece:Bilateral Agreements and Worldwide Cooperation

Greece:Ongoing Reforms and Policy Developments

Greece:National Reforms in Early Childhood Education and Care

Greece:National Reforms in School Education

Greece:National Reforms in Vocational Education and Training and Adult Learning

Greece:National Reforms in Higher Education

Greece:National Reforms related to Transversal Skills and Employability

Greece:European Perspective

Greece:Legislation

Greece:Institutions

Greece:Glossary

Pupil and Student Mobility

Student mobility in Greece is mainly promoted through the Erasmus+ (2014-2020) European Commission programme.

More specifically, Erasmus+ supports student mobility through Strategic Partnerships in School Education (KA2 - School Education). These Strategic Partnerships promote exchanges of good practices between schools from different Programme Countries. In many cases, group activities are combined with class exchanges and/or long term mobility for students attending the schools participating in the programme.  Strategic Partnership agreements present a few particularities.  Even though applications are coordinated by a single school on behalf of all others, once selection process is completed, each participating school signs individual grant agreement with the respective National Agency.

Strategic Partnerships may include short-term student group exchanges (5 days to 2 months excluding travel time) or long-term student mobility to different schools (2 to 12 months).  There is no age limit for short-term exchanges provided that students are accompanied by school staff. These activities offer students the opportunity to work together and share a common interest. In this respect, mobility period spent abroad is fully recognised and validated. Age limit for long-term exchanges is 14 and above, for students attending full-time schools participating in the programme.

Strategic partnerships are open to all organisations involved in activities pertaining to youth education and training or other socio-economic areas, as well as organisations involved in multi-disciplinary activities pertaining to education. As a result, successful applicants may include schools/institutes/educational centres (at all levels, from pre-school to higher education, including vocational education too).

According to Erasmus+ guidelines, schools are required to produce learning agreements with the respective unit based abroad in order to ensure recognition and validation for the courses attended during the mobility. At national level, Erasmus+ for school education is coordinated by the State Scholarships Foundation(IKY) which acts as a National Coordination Unit.

As far as Secondary Education is concerned,  a common framework is currently in effect in accordance with ministerial decision no. 129287/Γ2/10-11-2011 on school trips and student and teacher mobility carried out through European programmes, activities, educational exchanges and twining projects. Permission to carry out mobility is issued by the respective elected Regional Coordinator. 

Furthermore, eTwinning Projects implemented in schools in Europe (officially launched in January 2015) are fostering school networking activities through the use of Information and Communications Technology and the Internet. This action encourages students of different nationalities to come together and practice their skills on Information and Communications Technology (ICT). At present, the number of European schools registered with e-Twinning is 166976. Greece remains at the top of the list with regard to partnerships and networking activities (as of 20-10-2016 the total number of registered schools in Greece is 10114). As of today, Greece has participated in 9164 completed projects.

E-Twinning is supported by the Central Support Service and the National Support Service, such as the Greek e-Twinning Service, operated by the Institute of Computer Technology and Publications "DIOFANDOS".

Teacher Mobility

Granting Training Leaves

Primary and Secondary Education teachers are entitled to apply for leave if they wish to retrain or undertake postgraduate studies in Greece or other countries abroad. Granting is compulsorily approved for staff who have received an IKY scholarship. Leave is pensionable for up to five years of paid training leave. They are also entitled to reimbursement of their round-trip travel expenses (Law 3528/2007). In order to ensure that training completed abroad is fully recognised and validated, teachers must submit to the respective regional primary or secondary education board relevant records confirming the qualifications obtained. 

Provisions for promoting Greek education abroad include posting teachers abroad and re-educating and retraining Greek teachers for posting them abroad (Law 4415/2016). In accordance with ministerial decision 2/20801/0022/2012 (Official Government Gazette 807/τ.Β΄/19-03-2012) and Joint Ministerial Decision no. 2/12870/ΔΕΠ/29-3-2016 (Official Government Gazette 1740/τ.Β’/2016),  public service officers working for the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs are entitled to benefits while posted abroad. Years employed as a posted worker abroad are fully pensionable.

Participating in Erasmus+

    Under Key Action 1, the State Scholarships Foundation is coordinating the School Staff Mobility Scheme. Eligible to apply for funding under this Action are organisations only. Individuals are not eligible to apply. The aforementioned mobility project may include one or more activities from the following list:

    a. teaching assignments: teachers or other school education staff can provide teaching services at a partner school abroad

    b. staff training: this activity supports teachers, school principals or other school education staff in their professional development through: a) structured courses or training events taking place abroad, b) job shadowing periods performed abroad at a partner school or a similar school-education organisation. Organisations taking part in mobility schemes have the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Applicant organisation: responsible for submitting mobility project applications, signing the partnership agreement, managing the grant and submitting reports.  If the applicant organisation is a school, it is also responsible for coordinating travel logistics.
  • Sending organisation: responsible for selecting the teachers or other school education staff that will be sent abroad as well as transport logistics.

Receiving organisation: Responsible for receiving teachers and other school education staff, delivering a programme of activities or accommodating teaching activities provided by themselves. Before the start of the mobility project, sending and receiving organisations, together with the participants, are obliged to sign a relevant agreement. Participants are entitled to financial support to cover round-trip travel expenses. They are also entitled to financial support for covering accommodation expenses and course fees. This may also include support for their educational, intercultural and language preparation. Additional support can be claimed by participants with special needs. Mobility project teachers receiving financial support remain on a regular payroll for the entire mobility period.  According to the National Unit, assessment criteria for selecting a scheme include the quality of the arrangements performed for recognising and validating mobility learning outcomes, as well as the consistent use of European transparency and recognition tools. A Europass certificate is issued at the end of the mobility period