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Eurydice Newsletter 2015, edition 7
7 December 2015

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Welcome to the Winter Edition of the Eurydice Newsletter

Welcome to the third 2015 edition of the Eurydice Newsletter. Our Newsletter provides you with updates on the most recent and forthcoming Eurydice publications, as well as news from the European education world. Since education systems vary significantly across Europe, Eurydice aims at understanding and explaining how those systems work, and strives to inform you about its main findings.

The Eurydice team wishes you a Happy Festive Season!


Focus on 


The purposes of education


*'Democracy has to be born anew every generation, and education is its midwife'. – John Dewey, The Need of an Industrial Education in an Industrial Democracy (1916).

In the aftermath of the shocking attacks in Paris and Copenhagen in early 2015, the Ministries of Education of the European Union met to discuss the role that education could play in countering the terror brought to our cities. The result was the Paris declaration, a text focusing on the promotion of citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through education. Ministries agreed that education's primary purpose 'is not only to develop knowledge, skills, competences and attitudes' but to nourish and transmit the fundamental values of our societies.

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Will new technology ever improve education?


*'Any teacher that can be replaced by a machine should be!' – Sir Arthur C. Clarke If there is one thing we can be sure of for the future, it is that new technology will be ever present. Indeed the promise of new technology has been with us throughout our lives, and will stay with us – even if the latest specific new technologies are constantly changing. This reality presents opportunities and challenges for all sectors of education.

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What makes a good teacher?


*'Most great learning happens in groups. Collaboration is the stuff of growth' – Sir Ken Robinson Ph.D. Teachers are considered, rightly, the most important element within schools influencing student learning. In other words: it takes a good teacher to make a good learner. But what makes a good teacher? Undoubtedly vocational abilities, personal characteristics, and individual attitudes are part of the picture. However, this is also true for many other professions.

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Who we are

The Eurydice Network's task is to provide reliable information on, and comprehensive analyses of, European education systems and policies. The network drafts descriptions of national education systems, comparative studies devoted to specific topics, indicators and statistics. Through its work, Eurydice aims to promote understanding, cooperation, trust and mobility at European and international levels. All Eurydice publications are available free of charge on the Eurydice website. The network consists of national units located in European countries and is co-ordinated by the EU Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency.


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Latest publications 

>> The Structure of the European Education Systems 2015/16: Schematic Diagrams

This report provides an overview of the structure of education systems in Europe for 2015/16. See also table on Compulsory Education in Europe. (November 2015)

>> Structural Indicators for Monitoring Education and Training Systems in Europe – 2015

This report contains more than 30 structural indicators that focus on country progress and key policy developments in five areas: early childhood education and care, achievement in basic skills, higher education, graduate employability, and learning mobility. It provides background and complementary information to a number of structural indicators included in the Education and Training Monitor 2015. (November 2015)

>> Early Childhood Education and Care Systems in Europe: National Information Sheets – 2014/15

The National Information Sheets give a concise overview of the key features of early childhood education and care systems in Europe and provide supporting and complementary evidence to the Eurydice report Structural Indicators for Monitoring Education and Training Systems 2015. (November 2015)

>> National Student Fee and Support Systems in European Higher Education – 2015/16

This annual report provides a comparative overview of student fees and financial support in higher education in Europe for 2015/16. It also includes individual country sheets outlining the main elements of national systems. (October 2015)

>> Teachers' and School Heads' Salaries and Allowances in Europe – 2014/15

This annual report provides a comparative analysis on teachers' and school heads' statutory salaries and allowances in Europe. It also includes individual country sheets with detailed information on issues such as annual gross salaries, salary progression and available allowances. (October 2015)

>> Languages in Secondary Education: An Overview of National Tests in Europe – 2014/15

This Eurydice report provides a comparative overview of the national tests in Europe assessing the language competences of secondary school students. (September 2015)

>> The Organisation of School Time in Europe. Primary and General Secondary Education: 2015/16 school year

The school calendar contains national data on the length of the school year, the start and the end dates of each school year, and the timing and length of school holidays. It covers both primary and secondary education. (September 2015)

>> The Organisation of the Academic Year in Europe – 2015/16

The academic calendar contains national data on how the academic year is structured (beginning of the year, term times, holidays and examination periods). Differences between university and non-university study programmes are also highlighted. (September 2015)

>> The Teaching Profession in Europe: Practices, Perceptions, and Policies

This Eurydice report analyses the relation between the policies that regulate the teaching profession in Europe for lower secondary education teachers, and the attitudes, practices, and perceptions of teachers. The analysis covers aspects such as initial teacher education, continuing professional development, transnational mobility, as well as teacher demographics, working conditions, and the attractiveness of the profession. It combines qualitative and quantitative data from Eurydice, Eurostat/UOE and TALIS 2013. (June 2015)

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Forthcoming publications


National Sheets on Education Budgets in Europe – 2015

Investment in education is a priority area in the Europe 2020 strategy. The National Sheets on Education Budgets in Europe for 2015 provide an annual update of the most recent data on planned education expenditure in European countries. National education budgets are presented by type of expenditure and level of education. This publication makes it also possible to identify changes in education budgets between 2014 and 2015. The publication date is planned for January 2016.

Entrepreneurship Education at School in Europe – 2015

In the context of high youth unemployment and rapid changes linked to our complex knowledge-based economy and society, transversal skills like entrepreneurship are essential if young people are to become active and entrepreneurial citizens. This new report aims at updating information on strategies, curricula, and learning outcomes of entrepreneurship education, and covers also new themes. National descriptions supplement the report. The publication date is planned for early 2016.


Other News  

>> The fourth edition of the European Education, Training and Youth Forum 2015 took place in Brussels on 19-20 October 2015

>> The European Commission published the Education and Training Monitor 2015 on 12 November 2015

>> Education and Youth Council – The prevention of radicalisation dominated ministerial debates on 24-25 November 2015


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