International Centre for Excellence in Educational Opportunities

Launched in 2010 at the World Expo in Shanghai, the International Centre for Excellence in Educational Opportunities was created by the University of Liverpool to provide a focus for global thinking around the changing role of the higher education sector in the social inclusion agenda.


LEMA (Learning and Education in and through Modeling and Applications) was an EU Comenius funded project in which mathematics educators from six countries worked together to produce materials to support teachers’ professional development.
LEMA helped teachers to develop their pedagogic practice in mathematical modeling and applications by developing a teacher‐training course.


The project, funded by the 7th framework of the European Union, addresses the implementation and dissemination of inquiry based learning (IBL) with a focus on connecting secondary education and the world of work. The project aims to have a direct impact on day-to-day teaching and national policies by offering inquiry based teacher training across Europe.


NTSE aims to use ICT to make studying of science subjects more attractive and accessible. The project has initiated a Virtual Lab, as an experimental virtual aid of science learning. This virtual lab will serve as a learning platform offering science lessons, illustrations, graphics, and videos of entertaining experiments on nanotechnology as well as a database of teaching materials.


The PENCIL project (Permanent European Resource Centre for Informal Learning) aimed to combine field programmes and academic research identifying ways to transform informal science activities into innovative quality tools for science teaching. Fourteen science centres/museums created mini-networks involving schools, pupils, teachers associations, research laboratories, educational authorities, education and science communication specialists to run “pilot projects” on new ways to conduct science teaching.


Five partners across Europe, funded by the 6th Framework Project of the EU, joined forces to develop and produce the project resource and to build a strong network of educators and scientists for future projects. The project was initiated in 2005 to encourage and help primary age schoolchildren across Europe to use an enquiry based approach to science.


PREDIL’s goal was the development of gender sensitive teaching methods and approaches in relation to ICT (Information and Communications Technology). It developed a series of national reports, a state of the art review on ICT in education (from a gender perspective) and an extensive resource library.


PREMA 2 (a Comenius Accompanying Measures project) was a follow up on the PREMA project. Its main aim was to produce flexible and informative tools for teachers of mathematics in order to promote equality in math education across Europe. PREMA 2 was an awareness development project that sustained the results of PREMA and made these more measurable and useful for teachers.


The PRIMAS project is about bringing innovation to 21st century education and thus aims to effect change across Europe in the teaching and learning of mathematics and science by supporting teachers to develop inquiry-based teaching methods so that in return, pupils gain first-hand experience of scientific inquiry.


The aim of SAILS is to support teachers in adopting an inquiry approach in teaching science at second level (students age 12-18 years) across Europe. The SAILS project will develop appropriate strategies and frameworks for the assessment of IBSE skills and competences and prepare teachers not only to be able to teach through IBSE, but also to be confident and competent in the assessment of their students’ learning.