Eurydice flagship publication, jointly produced with Eurostat, tracing the main developments of European education systems over the last decade. The report combines statistical data with qualitative information to describe the organisation, management and functioning of 37 European education systems from pre-primary to higher education.
It finds that young people are spending more time in compulsory education, school autonomy has increased, teachers enjoy more autonomy in regard to teaching methods, setting internal assessment criteria and the choice of textbooks. Quality of education is a top priority in Europe and it is increasingly evaluated, whether at school, teacher, or education system level.
The report highlights that there is a growing support for teachers but the teaching profession remains nevertheless unattractive: the number of graduates specialising in education is falling at a time when many current teachers are approaching retirement age. The Report also highlights encouraging signs: funding for education is stable in most Member States and higher education remains the best insurance policy against unemployment, with graduates more likely to find a job faster than non-graduates.
The full report “Key Data on Education 2012 Developments in European education systems over the last decade“