What is it about?

The knowledge, skills and attitudes of each of Europe's 6 million teachers are of great importance. The quality of their teaching has a direct effect upon learners’ attainment.

The demands made on teachers, school leaders, and teacher educators are increasing and changing. They are called on to play a key role in modernising education. To do that, they need to develop their own knowledge and skills. Initial education and continuous professional development of the highest quality, and access to support throughout their careers are both essential.

The European Commission works with EU countries to raise standards of teaching and teacher education by

What has been done so far?

A group of European experts meets regularly to examine specific aspects of teacher education, discuss common challenges, and exchange good practices. They have produced guidance for policymakers on:

A working group on schools English (en) will continue the cooperation between EU countries.

Two comprehensive technical reports on teachers and teaching practices were jointly released in June 2015:

  • European Commission/JRC-CRELL's secondary analysis on PIRLS, TIMSS, PISA and TALIS performances by European countries.
  • European Commission/EACEA/Eurydice's technical report on the teaching profession in Europe.
  • European Commission's policy documentpdf(462 kB) English (en) discussing the implications of recent analyses of European teachers and teaching practices.