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Latest Eurydice Publications

Recommended Annual Instruction Time in Full-time Compulsory Education in Europe 2020/21

Effective learning depends on many factors, but undoubtedly, the instruction time available to students plays a key role in their learning process. Along with the quality of instruction and the time available for learning after school, the increase in the amount of instruction time allocated to a discipline can help to raise students’ interest in that subject and can have positive effect on students’ performance. Moreover, the positive relationship between increased instruction time and student achievement is more apparent when the increase is accompanied by other support measures and directed at disadvantaged students.

This report analyses the recommended minimum instruction time in full-time compulsory general education in 37 European countries. The data refer to the minimum requirements set for the compulsory curriculum by the competent authorities of 39 education systems for the year 2020/21.

Published 10 June 2021

Mobility Scoreboard: Higher Education Background Report – 2018/19

Eurydice’s 'Mobility Scoreboard: Higher Education Background Report 2018/19’ supports the European Commission’s Mobility Scoreboard that follows up on the 2011 'Youth on the Move' Recommendation of the Council of the European Union promoting the learning mobility of young people. The purpose of the Mobility Scoreboard is to provide a framework for monitoring progress made by European countries in promoting, and removing obstacles to, learning mobility. It covers both higher education and IVET – indicators for the latter were developed by Cedefop.

Published three years after the first report, this second edition of the Eurydice higher education background report provides updated background information for six composite indicators on information and guidance, foreign language preparation, portability of grants and loans, participation of disadvantaged learners, recognition of learning outcomes and the automatic recognition of qualifications. Information for the year 2018/19 was provided by Eurydice National Units and covers the 28 EU Member States, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia and Turkey.

All indicators of the Mobility Scoreboard are published on an online platform, featuring dynamic maps that allow the user to understand the policy environment for learning mobility in Europe at a glance.

Published: 30 January 2020

Structural Indicators for Monitoring Education and Training Systems in Europe – 2019: Overview of major reforms since 2015

This report contains more than 35 updated structural indicators on education policies for the 2018/19 school/academic year in six policy areas: early childhood education and care (ECEC), achievement in basic skills, early leaving from education and training (ELET), higher education, graduate employability and learning mobility. It additionally provides a short overview of the major reforms since the start of the 2014/15 school/academic year in the said policy areas. Part of the information in this report that concerns the EU Member States was published in the Education and Training Monitor 2019.

The 2019 update of the structural indicators covers all EU Member States, as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia and Turkey.

Published 18 October 2019

The Structure of the European Education Systems 2019/20: Schematic Diagrams

This report provides information on the structure of mainstream education in European countries from pre-primary to tertiary level for the 2019/20 school and academic year. It includes national schematic diagrams, a guide to reading the diagrams and a map showing the main organisational models of primary and lower secondary education. The information is available for 43 European education systems covering 38 countries participating in the EU's Erasmus+ programme.

Published 15 October 2019

Compulsory Education in Europe – 2019/20

This publication provides concise information on the duration of compulsory education/training in 43 European education systems, covering 38 countries participating in the EU's Erasmus+ programme (28 Member States, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Switzerland, North Macedonia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia and Turkey).

Full-time compulsory education/training refers to a period of full-time educational/training attendance required of all students.

Published 15 October 2019

Teachers' and School Heads' Salaries and Allowances in Europe 2017/18

This report analyses the statutory salaries of teachers and school heads in pre-primary, primary and general secondary public schools in 42 European education systems in 2017/18. While in some countries teachers have the same statutory salary regardless of the education level at which they teach, in others, there are differences across education levels often linked to differences in qualification requirements. School heads usually earn higher salaries than teachers and, in many education systems, their salary increases with the size of the school.

The report also shows the main changes in statutory salaries over the last three years and compares the average actual salaries of teachers (including allowances and other additional payments) with the per capita PIB and with the mean earnings of other higher education graduates in each country.

The report includes national sheets with extensive information on the salaries and the allowances and other additional payments for teachers and school heads in each education system. Data have been collected jointly by the Eurydice and the OECD/NESLI networks.

Published 04 October 2019

Information Note on Teachers’ and School Heads’ Salaries and Allowances in Europe 2017/18

This note provides a summary of findings of particular interest from an Irish perspective that are included in the Eurydice report Teachers’ and School Heads’ Salaries and Allowances in Europe, 2017/2018.

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