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The mission of the Eurydice network is to provide those responsible for education systems and policies in Europe with European-level analyses and information which will assist them in their decision making.

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Latest Eurydice Publications

The Organisation of School Time in Europe. Primary and General Secondary Education – 2018/19

This report, based on national data, gives an overview on the length of the school year, the start and the end dates, the timing and length of school holidays and the number of school days. It covers both primary and general secondary education and key points are illustrated by comparative figures. The information is available for 38 countries participating in the EU's Erasmus+ programme (28 Member States, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey).

The Organisation of the Academic Year in Europe – 2018/19

The academic calendar shows national data on how the academic year is structured (beginning of the academic year, term times, holidays and examination periods). Differences between university and non-university study programmes are also highlighted. The information is available for 38 countries.

Recommended Annual Instruction Time in Full-Time Compulsory Education in Europe 2017/18

Did you know that the amount of instruction time allocated to a discipline can help to raise students' interest in a subject and that, as a consequence, their performance may also improve? Not only the quality of instruction but also the time available for learning can have a positive effect on students' learning process, in particular, in the case of disadvantaged students.

This Instruction Time report analyses the recommended minimum instruction time in full-time compulsory general education in 43 European education systems for the year 2017/18.

The European Higher Education Area  in 2018: Bologna Process Implementation Report

Report presents a wide-ranging and detailed picture on how the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) has been moving forward since the Yerevan Conference in 2015. It follows the two previous Bologna Process Implementation Reports (2012 and 2015).

Published: 23 May 2018

Teaching Careers in Europe: Access, Progression and Support

At a time when the importance of teachers is becoming increasingly apparent, what are the main challenges in the teaching profession related to supply and demand? How do education systems address these issues? How does one qualify to be a teacher? What support is available once qualified? What are the career opportunities in this profession?

The comparative overview of national policies on teacher careers across Europe, which covers 43 European education systems, provides an analysis of different aspects of the teaching profession. The report focuses on primary and general secondary education. The main themes include: forward planning and main challenges in teacher supply and demand, entry to the teaching profession and teacher mobility, continuing professional development and support, career development, and teacher appraisal.

Published 22 February 2018

Citizenship Education at School in Europe 2017

The Eurydice brief Citizenship Education at School in Europe – 2017 highlights the differences between countries' regulations and recommendations regarding citizenship education that affect both schools and pupils. Read the brief to find out why citizenship education is important, and learn more about the changes many countries are making in their national policies to reflect this.

The main themes include:

  • What is citizenship education about?
  • Curriculum organisation
  • Learning citizenship in the classroom and beyond
  • The assessment of citizenship education
  • Training teachers and school heads.

Published 21 November, 2017

The Structure of the European Education Systems 2017/18: Schematic Diagrams

Read Eurydice's latest publication The Structure of the European Education Systems to find out how each country organises their education systems. What are the similarities and differences between countries with regards to the different stages of education? How old are children when they have access to pre-primary education? What are the different models of organisation in primary and secondary education in Europe and how long does each educational level last? How diverse are the programmes offered at tertiary level?

Published date 20 November 2017

Compulsory Education in Europe – 2017/18

Did you know that throughout Europe all young people are required to attend full-time education/training for at least 9-10 years and it is often mandatory until they are about 16 years old? How long is compulsory education/training in your country? How does it differ from other countries in the EU?

Published date 20 November 2017

Citizenship Education at School in Europe – 2017

What is citizenship education? Did you know that in some countries it is taught as a separate subject, whilst in others not? Or that around half of the countries have provisions promoting teachers' competences in citizenship education? Read this new report on citizenship education in Europe to get a full picture of what policies exist to regulate citizenship education across Europe.

Published 06 November, 2017

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