Commission launches public consultation on Pathways to School Success

Publication date: 24/06/2021

The new Pathways to School Success initiative, led by European Commissioner Mariya Gabriel, intends to promote better educational outcomes for young Europeans.


The 14-week open public consultation launched by the European Commission today will collect ideas for possible measures to be included in the new initiative to build a comprehensive policy framework.

This could include monitoring, prevention, intervention and compensation measures, combined as appropriate.

European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel, commented

“Ensuring all learners can achieve their full potential, regardless of their socio-economic background or personal situation, is essential to make European societies fairer, more inclusive and better prepared for the future. And this is even more urgent now, with the pandemic having exposed and, in some cases, magnified existing inequalities, gaps and needs in our education systems” 

The public consultation is open for submissions until 30/09/2021. It is accessible in 23 official EU languages.

Help shape the Pathways to School Success initiative. Take part in the public consultation today!


Despite a great deal of effort and some progress in recent years, too many pupils in the European Union (EU) leave education and training without upper secondary qualifications (Education and Training Monitor, 2020).

One in five young people still do not reach sufficient competences in reading, mathematics or science before leaving education and training (Education and Training Monitor, 2020). 

Learners from disadvantaged backgrounds are overrepresented amongst those leaving education and training without these competences (Education and Training Monitor, 2020). 

Additionally, pupils’ well-being and sense of belonging to school is declining with many suffering from bullying or violence at school (OECD, PISA results 2018). 

To boost policy cooperation to address these challenges, in 2022 the Commission will put forward a proposal for a Council Recommendation on Pathways to School Success. 

The Recommendation will propose a policy framework for action at the level of schools and national education systems and outline the available support at the EU level. 

The Pathways to School Success initiative contributes to the objectives of the European Education Area.

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