The Communication on Achieving the European Education Area by 2025 foresaw the adoption of a recommendation to repeal the 2011 Council Recommendation on policies to reduce early school leaving. Based on the 2011 Recommendation’s assessment, its implementation contributed to a decrease in the rate of early leavers from education and training (ELET) at EU level (from 13.4% in 2011 to 9.7% in 2021), and encouraged changes within educational institutions and policies. To continue, the Commission has published a new Proposal on “Pathways to School Success”, accompanied by an annex proposing a framework for action, see here, and its infographic here. The Proposal is foreseen to be adopted during the Czech Presidency’s Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council meeting (27-28 November).
LLLP is pleased with the Proposal’s potential considering the forward-looking language employed and the diverse approach it encourages for teaching, learning, funding, collaborating and co-creating. The current state of learners’ participation in education and training, compounded by the ever-increasing amount of crises which require transversal competences, makes it urgent to make this Proposal a reality. For this reason, the ambitious solutions suggested in the Policy Framework annexed to the Proposal require a more comprehensive guidance if Member States are to be supported in exacting real change. What does it mean to have a system for early identification of developmental problems? What does the promotion of pedagogical approaches that are interactive and experiential actually entail? How can a curriculum become more learner-centred? Which working conditions of educators need to be improved and how? For all these questions, there is a need to provide more support to Member States. Thus, this statement is associated with an annex of its own.