Eurydice, the European Commission’s network whose task is to explain how education systems are organised in Europe and how they work, has just released its latest publication: Teaching Careers in Europe: Access, Progression and Support
What are the main challenges in the teaching profession related to supply and demand? How do education systems address these issues? What are the career opportunities in this profession? How does one qualify to be a teacher? What support is available once qualified? What are the career opportunities in this profession? All these questions regarding the formal education system are answered in the report.
SOLIDAR Foundation has repeatedly called for access to lifelong learning for teachers as well as for improvements in their status, teaching conditions and salaries. Our members have seen very little improvement when it comes to the national level and concern is growing in face of the new trends in education that do not consider the need to deliver adequate and accessible training for teachers and educators. The situation can be improved only by significantly increasing investment in education (the EC proposal on Education Area 2025 calls for 5% of the national GDP) and by implementing the gradual transition to a value based and learner centred education system.
The upcoming report of the European Parliament on Modernisation of Education from the Rapporteur Krystyna Lybacka will present a set of recommendations on how to best support teachers on the national level. To see the draft report have a look here.