24/03/2025 – 28/03/2025 LISBON (PORTUGAL)

Are you interested in participating in this course this school year 2024-2025? Please make a pre-registration so we can keep you informed about this course.

Final Registration

24/03/2025 – 28/03/2025 LISBON (PORTUGAL)

Would you like to confirm your participation for this course in the schoolyear 2024-2025? Secure your place and make a final registration.

Dates can be subject to change and are only final after official confirmation by the course provider.
  • Collaboration

Local partners organize these international courses in cooperation with Eekhout Academy.

The hosting partner organisation is ALMADAFORMA.


AlmadaForma – School’s Training Centre of Almada
Agrupamento de Escolas da Caparica
OID: E10075219
Rua 25 de Abril
Monte da Caparica 2825-105
Almada – Portugal

  • What

Times are volatile, uncertain and complex. Schools have to be transparent, flexible and solution orientated. An innovative school culture is needed.

To mobilise support for innovation, education systems need to become better at communicating the need and building support for change. Investing in change-management skills will be critical; and it is vital that teachers become active agents for change contributing to better all and improving every student’s development and achievement.

The course wants to contribute to the empowerment of schools as learning organisations. During the course sessions we have a look at different tools to help you when you are in an innovation process.

At the end of the course, the participants should be able to define the challenges their school faces and have an idea on how to start a process that will lead to an innovative school culture.

Final registration

Secure your place and make a final registration HERE.


24/03/2025 – 28/03/2025 (Lisbon)
If this date doesn’t suit you we can organise an additional session for your school/organisation if there are at least 12 participants.

Target group

Target group for this course are teachers, trainers, educational counsellors, career counsellors, school psychologists, headmasters, school management and administrative staff working in either primary schools, secondary schools, VET schools, training centers, adult education, higher education, kindergarten and NGO’s.
Please be aware that the course may include teachers from different school levels.


The course is organized in English

Day 1: Why do we need to think about an innovative school culture and how do we organise things?

  • Introduction, ice breaking, presentation of programme
  • Facing a volatile, uncertain and complex future.
  • Purpose of education? Developing a future orientated vision.
  • Imbalanced tensions at global/European/national/local levels impacting on schools’ daily life. Thinking about ‘conducive context’.
  • Why is change needed?
  • Paths and tools for change. Top-down and bottom-up approaches, communicating the change and assessing the impact. (communication plan, empathy map, professional learning communities…)

Day 2: Tools for change. The Portuguese school system. Visiting an innovative project.

  • Change Readiness Assessment, Behavioural Change Plan, Manage Personal Transitions
  • The Portuguese school system
  • Tool to observe good practices (appreciative school walk through

Day 3: Storytelling, installing the need for change.

  • Communicating observed good practices
  • Storytelling (bottom-up and top-down)
  • Managing personal transitions and feedback strategies
  • Pitching exercise

Free afternoon Note: A voluntary cultural activity of half a day is planned. The cost is not included in the course fee.

Day 4: Change strategies, school visit and thinking about a ‘masterpiece’

  • Visit a school who had a radical and comprehensive change
  • Top down or bottom-up? Reflect and discuss using ‘the golden circle’.
  • Think about a ‘masterpiece’, how can you use the things you have learned here in your school.
  • What is an innovative school culture?

Day 5:

  • Work on your personal case (Masterpiece)
  • Presentation of ‘Master Piece’ and feedback session.
  • Evaluation, certificates and farewell
  • Understand the need for change;
  • Understand the relationship between leadership and an innovative school culture;
  • Know what structure, attitudes and behaviour are associated with an innovative school culture;
  • Know certain tools who can be useful during a change process;
  • Be able to reflect on the own situation;
  • Have an idea on how to start working towards an innovative school culture;
  • Improved knowledge of other European educational systems;
  • Improved insight of differences and similarities between European countries, resulting in a better understanding and respect;
  • Pick up ideas from other countries which can be incorporated and transferred into your own practice;
  • Improved competence of the use of colloquial English.
  • Practicalities


The course is organized in the training facilities of Almadaforma, located at the South Bank of the river Tejo in Lisbon (15 km from Lisbon airport).

The participants are free to stay in a hotel of their own choice, however it’s advised to stay somewhere at the South Bank (=Almada) to save transport time during rush hour.

Hotel Mercure Lisboa – Almada (Rua Abel Salazar 9, 2805-313 Almada) is situated immediately near the tramline that leads to Almadaforma.


  • School and study visits are part of the programme, as well as the informal moments, lunches and breaks. During those moments a lot of interaction, exchange and learning happens.
  • We offer a cost structure that includes all formal and informal learning activities and opportunities.
  • For a detailed explanation, have a look at our ‘Cost Structure‘.


  • You can request an Erasmus Plus grant from your national agency which will cover almost all costs of this course.
  • We can guide you through the process of funding and application. To do so, you need the make a pre-registration.
  • After pre-registration, we’ll contact you by mail and provide the application help.


There is a taxi service at the airport that can drive you to the hotel.
It’s particularly difficult to leave or enter Lisbon between 08:30 and 10:30h and 16:30 and 19:00h by car or taxi.


You can take the metro located at exit of the arrival hall of the airport and leave the metro at the terminus station Cais do Sodré.

The Aerobus is another good way to travel from and to the airport. The Aerobus provides a connection between the airport and Cais do Sodré.

At the boat station of Cais do Sodré, you can take the ferry boat to Cacilhas (south bank of River Tejo). During working hours, there is a crossing every 15 minutes. The ferry takes 12 minutes to arrive on the other side of the river.

At Cacilhas you can take a taxi or tram (Line 3, direction Universidade, stop Ramalha) for the remaining 5 km.


Sharing a rental car with 3 other people for all transport during the course, can be interesting.The airport is connected directly to the hotel by the Ring of Lisbon and the North-South Connection (Eixo Norte – Sul).
Crossing the bridge, you have a marvellous view on Lisbon, the estuary and both banks of the River Tejo.
Bring or rent a GPS and check the prices of rental cars on the Internet.


Walk 400 m from the hotel to the tram stop ‘Ramalha’, where you take the tram of Line 3 to ‘Universidade’ .
Leave the tram at stop ‘Monte de Caparica’.
Walk 600 m through the village to Almadaforma.

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