This Cedefop research paper, addressing 32 countries participating in Education and Training 2020, discusses different curriculum policies focusing on learning outcomes and examines the implications these have on teaching and learners’ assessment in initial VET. Conclusions propose key policy messages for effective curriculum design processes and curriculum delivery that may benefit learners.
The past decade has seen intense curriculum reform in vocational education in Europe. Learning outcomes now provide the foundation for curriculum design in all European countries seeking to make vocational training more attractive and responsive to leaners’ and labour market needs.
The Commission has today unveiled plans for new European targets on the employability and the mobility of students to stimulate and guide education reforms in Europe.
The two new benchmarks, which still need to be formally adopted by the Council, would complete a set of joint targets which EU countries have pledged to achieve by 2020. They include reducing early school leaving, increasing the share of higher education graduates, and getting more adults to participate in lifelong learning.
A new benchmark on the mobility of students would measure the share of young people with learning experiences abroad. A new benchmark on education and training for employability would monitor the success rate of young people with different education levels in the labour market in the years after graduation.
To know more
- Commission staff paper on the development of benchmarks on education and training for employability and on learning mobility
- Education benchmarks: country statistics
Commission staff paper on the development of benchmarks on education and training for employability and on learning mobility
Adding such benchmarks would have the aim of allowing policy exchanges regarding learning mobility and employability to be taken up within ET 2020; they would help to ensure that such exchanges are strongly evidence-based. This would also signal a strengthening of the EU's determination to tackle the education challenges highlighted within Europe 2020.