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The European Commission has just announced its suggestions for a sharpened set of priorities for European cooperation in education and training.

At a time when unemployment remains unacceptably high, and European societies need to urgently address the challenge of social inclusion, the new priorities reinforce joint work at the European level.

The priorities aim to make sure education and training systems promote employability, skills and innovation, increase social mobility and equality, prevent violence and fanaticism and lay the foundations for democratic values and active citizenship.

The Council of Europe’s Education Department, in co-operation with numerous international experts, has developed a new theoretical model of Competences for Democratic Culture. The next stage in the project was to compile a bank of descriptors that would help educators assess the extent to which a learner has acquired these competences. Education professionals at all levels and in all areas are invited to take part in this project and respond to an online questionnaire to test the clarity and relevance of these descriptors.

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In this issue:

  • New insights into European higher education from the European Tertiary Education Register
  • New publications on the teaching profession and teaching practices in Europe
  • 4th Ministerial meeting of the Western Balkans Platform on Education and Training


During the past two years the European Federation of Education Employers (EFEE), the European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) and the Secondary Education Council of the Netherlands (VO-raad) have been examining in their joint project the role of social dialogue and social partners in efficient school leadership.

The April 2015 issue of the "European Network for Improving Research and Development in Educational Leadership and Management" newsletter, includes reports about the:

- ENIRDELM 2015 Dublin Conference titled “Leading Future-Focused Education and Learning for All” that will be held on September 17-20, 2015.

- Creativity week that was held in Latvia

- the programme - “Support for Estonian Educational Reform” - which offers school leaders the opportunity to practise in schools that have been acknowledged and appraised globally

and many more.

This collective volume, edited by Giorgos Bagakis and Katerina Skia, undertakes an initial exploration of the recent educational framework of teacher training that has been established in Greece, focusing on distinctive practices, methodologies and policies. In this context, the first three chapters analyse innovative, alternative teacher training initiatives, such as the portfolio of professional development based on the program of the University of Cambridge, which was adopted in Greek schools, as well as the implementation of a mentoring and coaching program in Greek schools in cooperation with the Insitute of Education, University of London.

European Access Network launches the new book: ‘Children As Change Agents for Science and Society’ in the Atlee Room, House of Lords, Westminster, London on Wednesday 11 February, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. hosted by Baroness Margaret Sharp of Guildford.

'Children As Change Agents for Science and Society' outlines a radical new educational agenda which places children at the centre of how we meet the challenges of the 21st century. It draws upon the achievements of the European Commission funded SiS Catalyst project led by the University of Liverpool. The SiS Catalyst initiative brought together organisations including civil society bodies and universities, from over 30 countries from across the world, to look at how scientific communities engage with children.

The November 2014 issue of the "European Network for Improving Research and Development in Educational Leadership and Management" newsletter, includes reports about:

The recommendation in Graham Donaldson’s “Teaching Scotland’s Future” to establish a “virtual college of school leadership” was hugely significant in Scottish Education. Scoped out by Dr Margery McMahon, John Daffurn and Isabelle Boyd, there was significant early engagement with a full range of stakeholders, including school leaders and teachers.