One of the priorities for EU Member States is to improve policies and provision that supports these key groups.
The knowledge, skills and attitudes of each of Europe's 6 million teachers are of great importance. After all, the quality of their teaching has a direct effect upon learners’ level of attainment and their learning experiences.
The demands on teachers are evolving and increasing; their roles are changing significantly. It is important that systems for teacher education enable all teachers to develop the knowledge and skills they require, and that they have access to the support they need throughout their careers.
The European Commission works with Member States to raise standards of teaching and teacher education in two main ways: by facilitating the exchange of information and experience between policy-makers and by supporting projects through the Lifelong Learning Programme.
A group of experts from Member States meets regularly to discuss common challenges in teacher training and to share good policy practice.
These 'peer learning' activities lead to policy recommendations that support national efforts to improve their policies on teachers and teacher education.
Good examples of this collaboration are key documents that provide advice to policy makers – and examples of good practice - about:
Read more about the EU’s working group on the professional development of teachers.
School Leaders can make an enormous difference to the quality of learning that goes on in school. You can find out more at the site of the European Policy Network on School Leadership, which is supported by the European Commission.
The quality of teachers and school leaders depends upon the quality of teacher Educators. Support for this key profession is therefore a high priority. To find out more.
The Commission supports projects through Comenius, which is part of the Lifelong Learning Programme. The aims are to:
To know more about the Comenius programme.
The European Commission is developing a statistical indicator on the professional development of teachers and trainers.
A study by the University of Jyväskylä examines the curricula for Teacher Education in EU Member States.