Training for mentors, Brač 2019. 

The British Council in Croatia is delivering the project of support to the Croatian Ministry of Science and Education in the implementation of the curriculum reform in Croatia. The project has been carried out in two phases and is funded by the European Union via the Structural Reform Support Service (SRSS) of the European Commission.

Teachers – mentors

Over the last 12 months, UK and international experts have been working with Croatian teachers – mentors on the development of training resources with special focus on learning outcomes, formative assessment, problem solving, learning to learn and coaching to school teams. The resources include videos of good classroom practice filmed in Croatian schools. Croatian trainers and coaches have been prepared and supported to work with teachers in both pilot and all schools introducing curriculum reform in the autumn of 2019 through both online and face-to-face training.

Principals - mentors

Fourteen Croatian principals - mentors are also taking part in a leadership training programme with a focus on leadership practices that support curriculum reform in Croatia. As part of the programme, the principals are also cascading their knowledge to principals in all schools implementing curriculum reform and developing a concept paper on school leadership. The programme also included a study visit to Scotland in March 2019 which gave Croatian principals an opportunity to learn about school leadership practices in Scotland and how Scottish principals support curriculum changes in their schools. 

Study visit of Croatian principals to Scotland, May 2019 

Project approach

The approach has involved developing resources based on the British Council’s Teaching for Success methodology, with CPD frameworks for teachers and school leaders informing the design of a professional development roadmap for teachers and principals in Croatia. 


Experts for this project have been brought on board from the UK (Jane English, Peter Maunder, Marie Joubert, Rebecca Kitchen, Harry Fletcher-Wood, Nicky White), Finland (Päivi Nilivaari), Slovenia (Sonja Sentočnik), the Netherlands (Jan Berkvens) and New Zealand (Claire Sinemma, Graeme Aitken). They specialise in areas such as curriculum design, monitoring and evaluation, professional development planning, learning outcomes, formative assessment, core skills and coaching. 

If you would like to learn more, please write to Rosana Besednik, Programmes Manager, at the British Council in Croatia.