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Ricerca per l'innovazione della scuola italiana

MenSi project – Mentoring for School Improvement

The European project MenSi (Project Number 1 101004633) is financed under the Horizon 2020 programme.

It is coordinated by the EUN consortium with the aim to implement mentoring models to support didactic and organisational innovation in European schools through the use of technologies.

The project aims to mobilise 120 schools in six European countries (Belgium, Croatia , Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy and Portugal). Each country is committed to build up a community of practices by involving 4 mentor schools, each of them, in turns, accompanying 4 mentee schools in their area (region) in the experimentation and consolidation of didactic and organisational models enhanced by the use of ICT.

Specific objectives of the project:

  1. Analysing mentoring theories and practices describing strengths, weaknesses and costs.
  2. Exploring and analysing the efficacy and sustainability of mentoring approaches to support schools in the dissemination of ICT with specific policies or experimentations on curricula (e.g. in geographically isolated schools or in schools with socially disadvantaged students, or in schools willing to integrate personalised pedagogical approaches, or also in schools with a low level of STEM integration).
  3. Offering recommendations and guidelines based on these approaches for the coordination of groups of schools with different approaches (top-down, bottom up, virtual).
  4. Designing a platform to promote the results, the recommendations and the guidelines emerging from this work.
  5. Sustaining and promoting the community of practices and the platform of Mentoring Policy Exchange at national and regional level for a community of practice of more than 1000 teachers, sustained by the EUN initiative Future Classroom Lab.

During the 28 months of the project (1/11/2020 – 28/03/2023), the partners will be involved in the following activities:

  • To Investigate and evaluate mentoring approaches in both theoretical and practical approaches (WP2);
  • To establish a community of practices with the involvement of 4 digitally advanced schools, each of which will have to accompany 4 schools to experiment and consolidate support models (WP3);
  • To provide support and accompany the schools involved with training courses (WP4);
  • To document and analyse mentoring practices, their scalability and effectiveness (WP5);
  • To disseminate and support the network through an exchange of mentoring policies carried out through a platform and an online course on the support to an entire school (WP6).


Indire participates in the project with the aim of enhancing mentoring models and supporting digital innovation in 20 Italian schools, taking care to involve the schools of the Avanguardie Educative Educational movements and Small Schools. The Institute is involved in all the WPs of the project and is the leader of WP5 “Documentation and analysis of mentoring practices”. Indire has also involved the “ Fondazione per La Scuola San Paolo” as associate partner.

Responsibles for the Indire research structure  involved in the project: Elisabetta Mughini (ae@indire.it) and Giuseppina Rita Jose Mangione (piccolescuole@indire.it).

Principal Investigator: Giuseppina Cannella.

Coordinator: ConsorzioEUN – Belgio.

Participants: Indire (Italia), Ministério da Educação e Ciência (Portogallo), Ministarstvo znanosti i obrazovanja (Croazia), Oktatási Hivatal (Ungheria), Dům zahraniční spolupráce (Repubblica Ceca), Gemeenschapsonderwijs (Belgio), Brunel University London (Regno Unito).


(Socioeconomic and Cultural Transformations in the Context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution)