Developments in Education in the EU – The Annual Education and Training Monitor

The Education and Training Monitor is an annual publication that captures the evolution of education and training in the EU. It contributes to the strategic objectives of the EU framework for cooperation in education and training, as well as the Commission’s wider strategy for growth and employment.

The Education and Training Monitor relies on a broad range of quantitative and qualitative sources, including Eurostat data, OECD studies and surveys, analysis of education systems undertaken by the Eurydice network, quantitative analysis of survey datasets, and academic networks.

The Monitor charts EU and country progress towards the following:

  • Europe 2020 targets on early school leaving and tertiary educational attainment
  • Education and Training 2020 benchmarks in participation in early childhood education and care, adult learning, underachievement in basic skills, and employability of recent graduates
  • Cross-cutting priority themes, such as financing of education and professional development of teachers

The Monitor is a major contribution to debates on priority themes for education and training, informs national education reform debates, and stands as a reliable and up to date source of information for peer learning among EU Member States.

The full documentation supporting the Monitor (inc. the main report) can be downloaded, here.

An Executive Summary is available, here.

A Brief Overview of the Main Findings:

Challenges impacting education and training: aging populations; higher skill levels required by technologically advanced economies; investment.

Raising participation rates and tackling educational poverty: participation is increasing, EU is only 1% away from reaching the 2020 target of 95% participation; there is still a problem of educational poverty (i.e. failure to reach minimum standards).

Responsive education and training systems: systematic reform of curricula; waning interest in teaching as a vocation; staff shortages; adult and continued learning remain important.

Photo credit: Material used in the preparation of this article has been drawn from The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).


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