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Eurydice is a network whose task is to explain how education systems are organised in Europe and how they work.

We publish descriptions of national education systems, comparative studies devoted to specific topics, indicators and statistics in the field of education.

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Focus on: Mental Health in education: an unspoken issue of our age

Date of publication: 19 December 2017

When children have physical health problems, schools are soon aware of them. Similarly awareness-raising activities on the importance of physical health are commonplace, whether the focus is on nutrition, hygiene or sport. But although children are equally likely to suffer from mental as physical health problems, mental health is much less likely to be addressed in schools. Why is this, and what is the impact of neglecting mental health in education? 



Lithuania: approved new Teacher Training Model

Date of publication: 18 December 2017

The 2016-2020 Government has started implementing reforms in the education sector. The main aim of these reforms is to ensure the quality and effectiveness of education.


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Focus on: The Long Shadow of NEET

Date of publication: 15 December 2017

Not many sociological concepts make it into the Urban Dictionary. The fact that NEET – young people Neither in Employment nor in Education or Training – is there demonstrates the enormity and permanence of the phenomenon as well as the social anxieties it has generated. In 2016, a third of the planet's youth was NEET, while almost 17 million young Europeans aged 20 - 34, or 1 in every 5 were NEET. Young people have begun to use the acronym to describe themselves. "I am a NEET," they say, or "soy ni-ni" in Spanish and "sou nem-nem" in Portuguese.


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Focus on: Citizenship Education in the age of likes, hashtags and memes

Date of publication: 28 November 2017

"A society that cuts itself off from its youth severs its lifeline". Kofi Annan 

What role should education play in developing active, informed and responsible citizens? As Eurydice's recent report on citizenship education demonstrates, many countries are currently asking this question. Their policies on the topic are usually broad in scope, targeting citizenship education in general. But in an age where new digital technologies are ever present and exerting influence over many aspects of our thinking and behaviour, what should be done specifically about digital citizenship?


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

This report provides information on the structure of mainstream education in European countries from pre-primary to tertiary level for the 2017/18 school and academic year. It includes national schematic diagrams, an explanatory guide and a map showing the main organisational models of compulsory education. The information is available for 43 European education systems covering 38 countries participating in the EU's Erasmus+ programme.


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Compulsory Education in Europe – 2017/18

This publication focuses on the duration of compulsory education/training in Europe. It highlights the starting and leaving ages and distinguishes the notions of full-time and part-time compulsory education/training. The information is available for 43 European education systems covering 38 countries participating in the EU's Erasmus+ programme.


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Citizenship Education at School in Europe – 2017

Date of publication: 7 November 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.



National Student Fee and Support Systems in European Higher Education – 2017/18

Date of publication: 19 October 2017

Is there anywhere in Europe where students can study without paying fees? Which countries charge the highest fees? What kind of financial support is offered to students, and who actually receives it? Read this new report on student fee and support systems in Europe to find the answers to these questions and more!



Eurydice Brief: Modernisation of Higher Education in Europe: Academic Staff – 2017

Date of publication: 10 October 2017

The Eurydice Brief Modernisation of Higher Education in Europe: Academic Staff – 2017 explores the current realities for academic staff within the changing higher education landscape in Europe. It presents some of the main findings of the report of the same name, comparing country differences across Europe, focusing on the characteristics and challenges of academic staff and concluding with some remarks on areas that policy-makers could explore further.


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Eurydice Brief: Key Data on Teaching Languages at School in Europe – 2017 Edition

Date of publication: 26 September 2017

The new Eurydice Key Data on Teaching Languages at School in Europe 2017brief builds on the May 2017 reportsummarising its main findings and including recent research works and EU policy documents. This Brief is structured around five key EU and national language policy themes: the importance of learning 'at least two foreign languages from a very early age'; the range of foreign languages learnt by students; foreign language teaching (focusing both on teachers and their visits abroad for professional purposes, and CLIL as a teaching approach); the expected levels of attainment in foreign languages; language support measures to facilitate the integration of newly arrived migrant students.


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Date of publication: 26 September 2017

Eurydice is pleased to present brand new infographics, illustrating figures from the Key Data on Teaching Languages at School in Europe 2017 and the Eurydice Brief of the same publication.



Eurydice Newsletter 2017, Autumn edition

Date of publication: 21 September 2017

Welcome to the autumn 2017 edition of the Eurydice Newsletter. The Newsletter provides you with updates on the most recent and forthcoming Eurydice publications, as well as news from the European education world. Education systems vary significantly across Europe, and Eurydice aims at understanding and explaining clearly how those systems work.