The Working Groups will each focus on one of the themes of common interest
- early childhood education and care
- schools, including 2 sub-groups on
- higher education
- vocational education and training and the green transition
- adult learning: opening up opportunities for all
- digital education: learning, training and assessment
- equality and values in education and training
Building on the results of the ET 2020 Working Groups, as part of the new cycle of European cooperation in education and training (2021-2030), in line with the European Education Area Communication and the 2021 February Council Resolution, the Working Groups will contribute to making the European Education Area a reality. The Working Groups will continue their work until their current mandate expires in December 2025.
The focus of the Working Groups is to, as part of the mutual learning, share information about reforms of national education policies, and to inspire positive change throughout the European Union (EU). The outputs of the Working Groups will inspire inclusive, holistic and lifelong learning perspectives, and reinforce synergies between education, training and other EU policies and funding that help achieve the European Education Area.
For more information on the members of the Working Groups or documents, please consult the European Commission’s Register of Expert Groups.
Working Groups consist of government officials appointed by EU Member States and other participating countries. A number of representatives from stakeholder organisations and social partners are also appointed to the groups, which are coordinated by the European Commission. The groups support delivering on EU flagship initiatives in education and training to foster national reforms and offer a forum for the exchange of experiences and best practices on ways to address key challenges.
In the field of education and training, Working Groups were first established under the Education and Training 2010 work programme to implement the Open Method of Coordination in education and training. Under the ET 2020 strategic framework, Working Groups were the principal forum for mutual learning.
The new Working Groups will support the EU Member States and the Commission to make the European Education Area a reality in tune with the Digital Education Action Plan, the European Skills Agenda, and other EU policy flagships in education, training and skills.
This Working Group will support Member States as they implement the 2019 Council Recommendation for high-quality ECEC systems and its main component, the EU Quality framework for ECEC. It will mainly support peer learning based on the measure, monitoring and evaluation of quality, and will follow-up on the ET 2020 Working Group, which focused on inclusion, staff professionalisation and the management of the Covid-19 pandemic in the ECEC sector.
This Working Group will aim promoting better achievements in basic skills and the successful conclusion of education and training pathways by all learners; education for the green transition; enhancing competence and motivation in the education profession.
The Working Group consists of 2 sub-groups
It will support the implementation and follow-up of the forthcoming Council Recommendation on Pathways to School Success by promoting mutual learning and the exchange of best practices, including on issues related to well-being at school.
Will support the follow-up to the Council Recommendation on education for environmental sustainability and will promote mutual learning and exchange on how education can support the move to a greener and more sustainable Europe, including the development of sustainability competences.
This working group will support the reforms of EU Member States and other participating countries seeking to maximise the potential of their higher education systems. Supporting reforms will include promoting the transformation of the higher education sector, as well as preparing graduates for changing societies and labour markets. This also involves contributing to building a stronger Europe by enhancing Europe's innovation capacity as part of the efforts to achieve the European Education Area by 2025, in line with the European Strategy for Universities. The working group will do so by promoting mutual learning on policy reform within national education systems and by discussing European higher education policy initiatives at a technical level. The working group will facilitate synergies between the education and the research and innovation missions of higher education institutions, in the context of the European Education Area and the European Research Area, while ensuring consistency with the European Higher Education Area.
The main objective of the Working Group is to enable technical exchanges, which will help Member States implement the principles and objectives of
- the Council Recommendation on vocational education and training (VET) for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience
- the Osnabrück Declaration on vocational education and training as an enabler of recovery and just transitions to digital and green economies, with particular reference to the green transition
The work is in line with the European Green Deal and the European Pillar of Social Rights, as well as Action 6 of the European Skills Agenda, and priorities 2 and 5 of the Council Resolution on a strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training towards the European Education Area and beyond (2021-2030).
The main objective of this working group is to enable exchanges and contributions, which will support Member States in implementing the actions of the 2020 European Skills Agenda: re- and upskilling adults, and empowering them to continue learning throughout their lives. The working group will also support capacity building to achieve the implementation of the 2016 Council Recommendation on Upskilling Pathways: New Opportunities for Adults and the 2022 Council recommendations on individual learning accounts and on micro-credentials. Its work is also in line with the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan. The working group will focus on national skills strategies, skills for life and the financing of adult learning. It will take a holistic approach to adult learning, aiming to cover the entire adult population and all types of skills, with a view to supporting adults to thrive in their personal and professional lives.
The aim of this working group is to support Member States in the implementation of policy reforms in line with the Digital Education Action Plan 2021-2027. It will focus in particular on fostering high-quality and inclusive digital education in the EU, at the same time taking the digital transformation, the implications and lessons learnt from the COVID-19 pandemic into consideration. In line with the two strategic priorities of the Digital Education Action Plan, the mutual learning activities of the group will address two guiding questions
- How can a high-performing digital education eco-system be fostered?
- How can digital skills and competences for the digital transformation be enhanced?
This working group focuses on structural reforms to promote equality in education and training. It builds on the EU’s values (including anti-radicalisation, citizenship education and training, the European dimension of education, disinformation and the inclusion of refugees and migrants in education and training). The working group examines relevant areas related to equality, bearing in mind the dual approach of inclusive education for all while targeting specific population groups. Along with using group-focused approaches (such as gender equality, anti-racism, the equality of Roma, people with migrant background, LGBTQI persons and people living with disabilities) the working group also examines cross-cutting issues with societal benefits and of high importance to all discriminated and disadvantaged groups (such as fighting segregation in education and managing diversity).