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Working groups of the EEA strategic framework

Supporting EU countries and the European Commission to make the European Education Area (EEA) a reality.

Themes

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Activities

Working groups promote voluntary European cooperation in education and training. They offer a forum to exchange experiences and practices on addressing common challenges while respecting the principle of subsidiarity and the diversity of EU Member States.

Experts work together to share information about reforms of national education and training systems policies to inspire positive change throughout the EU.

Working groups contribute to the implementation of EEA actions and reinforce synergies with other EU policies initiatives, including the Digital Education Action Plan (2021-2027), the European Skills Agenda, and the Green Deal.

Their outputs will inspire inclusive, holistic and lifelong learning perspectives, and forge closer links between policy and funding.

Their current mandate runs until December 2025.

Members

  • government officials appointed by EU countries and other participating countries
  • representatives from EU-level stakeholder organisations, social partners and international organisations
  • EU bodies, offices, and agencies

Political context

Working groups were first established under the Education and Training (ET) 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 current working groups build on previous results, as part of the new cycle of European cooperation in education and training (2021-2030).

Their activities are in line with the

The working groups

Working Group on early childhood education and care (ECEC)

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.

Documents, deliverables, meetings and minutes for ECEC Working Group

Working Group on schools

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:

Pathways to School Success

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.

Learning for Sustainability

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.

Documents, deliverables, meetings and minutes for Schools Working Groups

Working Group on higher education (HE)

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.

Documents, deliverables, meetings and minutes for Higher Education Working Group

Working Group on vocational education and training and the green transition (VET)

The main objective of the Working Group is to enable technical exchanges, which will help Member States implement the principles and objectives of

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).

Documents, deliverables, meetings and minutes for VET Working Group

Working group on adult learning: opening up opportunities for all (AL)

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.

Documents, deliverables, meetings and minutes for Adult Learning Working Group

Working Group on digital education: learning, training and assessment (DELTA)

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?

Documents, deliverables, meetings and minutes for the DELTA Working Group

Working Group on equality and values in education and training

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).

Documents, deliverables, meetings and minutes for the Equality and Values Working Group