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Volume 53, No. 4, November 2018
Reconceptualising system transitions in education for marginalised and vulnerable groups
Guest Editors: Paul Downes, Erna Nairz‐Wirth, Jim Anderson

Volume 53, No. 3, September 2018
Learner agency at the confluence between rights-based approaches and well-being
Guest Editor: Jean Gordon

Volume 53, No. 2 June 2018
Special Issue: Are Student Assessments Fit For Their Purposes?
Guest Editor: Janet Looney

Volume 53, No. 1. March 2018
Special Issue: Innovative approaches to Continuous Professional Development in Early Childhood Education and Care. A European perspective.
Guest Editors: Brecht Peleman, Bente Jensen and Jan Peeters

Volume 52, No. 4 December 2017
Special Issue: Education for people, prosperity and planet: Can we meet the sustainability challenges?
Guest Editor: Aaron Benavot

Volume 52, No. 3 September 2017
Title: Participatory Design for (Built) Learning Environments
Guest Editors: Karen D. Könings and Susan McKenney

Volume 52, No. 2 June 2017
Title: The Influence of PISA on Education Policies
Guest Editors: Alain Michel and Xavier Pons

Volume 52, No.1 March 2017
Title : Higher education learning outcomes - transforming higher education ?
Guest Editors : Joakim Caspersen and Nicoline Frolich

Volume 51, No.4 December 2016
Title: Governance Dynamics in Complex Decentralised Education Systems
Guest Editors: Edith Hooge

Volume 51, No 3 September 2016
Title : Vocational Schooling and Social Exclusion in the Western Balkans
Guest Editors : Claire Gordon and Will Bartlett

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An Education Policy Centre

The European Institute of Education and Social Policy is a non-profit organisation with more than 40 years' experience in the analysis of education and training policies in Europe and in the partner countries of the European Union. The institute was founded in 1975 by the European Cultural Foundation to meet a need of the European Commission by contributing to the development of cooperation in education in Europe.

The EIESP contributes through its work and its international network to strengthening cooperation in education in Europe and between Europe and its partners.

The portfolio of projects of the institute covers all the different aspects of lifelong learning: school education, vocational education and training (initial and continuing), adult learning and higher education. The EIESP has built up a solid reputation as an experienced, international and innovative partner in education policy design, management, reform and evaluation at European, national, regional and institutional levels. The institute contributes to studies for the European Commission and to reform processes in countries in transition and emerging economies and it undertakes evaluations of innovative European projects and programmes. EIESP Activity Report 2015-2016.

The EIESP edits the European Journal of Education (EJE) which is published by Wiley-Blackwell. EJE is a peer-reviewed journal of international reputation and readership specialised in research on education and the evaluation and review of education and training policies in a global perspective. It is thematic and receives an ISI Impact Factor ranking. EJE is accessible through about 16,000 institutions around the world and in 2012 there were over 105,000 downloads of articles. 

The EIESP is on the European Commission's register of interest representatives. This is a voluntary Register, in the context of the European Transparency Initiative, which includes a commitment to abide by the Code of Conduct.  


 EPTO Crowfunding Campaign - 13 December
On Dec. 13th at noon, EPTO (European Peer Training Organisation) - an EIESP project partner- is running a high-impact, high-momentum 24h crowdfunding campaign EPTO’s mission is to use peer education for youth to embrace diversity and generate more inclusion in Europe. This is EPTO’s first-ever time using crowdfunding- and the goal is to raise 10.000 euros - all or nothing! You can donate on December 13th (even small amounts are important!). Invite contacts to like/follow EPTO on Facebook and Instagram. Click here to learn about the campaign.  

The Passing of Jean GORDON, Former EIESP Director 
It with profound sadness that we share with you the news of the recent passing of Mrs. Jean GORDON, former Director at the EIESP. The ceremony for Jean took place on Tuesday 6 November at 4pm, at the Père Lachaise crematorium.  A forthcoming tribute will be dedicated to Jean's life and to her numerous contributions to the Institute.

INNOVAL Project & Final Conference
The InnoVal project (Innovative Assessment Methods for Validation) focused on the need to develop high-quality and appropriate assessment methods to support disadvantaged learners, including early school leavers, migrants, long-term unemployed, and individuals with disabilities to have a chance at validation of their learning. The project concluded with a successful conference on 13 September 2018 in Brussels with 90 participants from 18 EU countries. The conference report, case studies, the Advocacy Report and other materials are available on the project website.  


    The 16th ICIE International Conference on Excellence; Gifted Education; Innovation, Creativity; Basic-Higher Education & Psychology will be held in Paris from 3-6 July 2018. Please visit the conference website:

Ongoing and recent projects

Policy tools & frameworks

EIESP was a partner in the InnoVal Project (Innovative Assessment Methods for Validation), working towards valid & reliable assessment methods to allow all disadvantaged learners to have a chance at validation. The project recently concluded with a highly successful conference on 13 September in Brussels with 90 participants from 18 EU countries. The conference report, Advocacy Pack and other materials are available on the project website

The EIESP participated in a comparative study commissioned by the Bertelsmann Foundation on the recognition and validation of non-formal and informal learning.  

EIESP and ECORYS UK are leading a study on Policies to develop, support and incentivise teacher quality. The study is now available online, having been recently published.  The aim of the study is to map policies, strategies and initiatives to increase student learning outcomes, to provide case studies on effective and innovative examples, and to explore options for policy.

A study for Cedefop, The application of learning outcomes approaches across Europe – a comparative perspective has just been published. The study lead partners for the study were Ecorys Polska, EIESP and WYG PSDB in Hungary. The study builds on the previous study 'The Shift to Learning Outcomes'. 

Study on policy measures to improve the attractiveness of the teaching profession in Europe: This study was carried out for the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission. 

Education and training in France in 2025: EIESP participated in a foresight study about education and training in France in 2025 coordinated by Futuribles International. EIESP is bringing in the European context and perspective. Please click to download the report.

The EIESP participated in a study on Early childhood education and care (ECEC) in promoting educational attainment including social development of children from disadvantaged backgrounds and in fostering social inclusion. This study was designed to inform policy-making with new insights into success criteria concerning accessibility and quality in the field of ECEC.  

In 2011, EIESP took part in the Participatory Citizenship in Europe Project, a study with the main goals of clarifying the concept of Participatory Citizenship and its interpretation among the 27 EU Member States. 
Networks for Innovation


The EIESP was a partner in the European Policy Network on the Implementation of Key Competences in school education (KeyCoNet), a policy network identifying and analysing emergent strategies in implementing key competences into education reforms, and produce recommendations. The network is led by European Schoolnet (EUN).  You can now view the KeyCoNet site and the Final Recommendations Report as well as the Dublin Peer Learning Visit report. Please click here for details about the project.

EIESP is supporting the EC Toolkit Editorial Board, which will provide up-to-date references on effective educational practices for its online platform, The European Toolkit for Schools. it is structured around five main areas : school governance ; support to learners ; teachers ; parental involvement ; and stakeholder involvement. Please click here for the project description.

EIESP was a core member of the European Literacy Policy Network (ELINET). This network was initiated to gather and analyse policy information ; exchange policy approaches, good practice, and initiatives and raise awareness of the importance of acting now to reduce the number of children, young people and adults with low literacy skills by 2020. ELINET was comprised of 79 partner organizations from 28 countries. EIESP contributed to "Research for Success".

EIESP provided expertise on online self- and peer-assessment for teachers participating in the MENTEP (MEntoring Technology Enhanced Pedagogy) project. MENTEP, led by European SchoolNet, aims to develop and test a reliable, user-friendly and sustainable tool for teachers to self-assess progress in Technology Enhanced Teaching (TET) competence. The final outcomes are available online.

Learning for Well-being: A Policy Priority for Children and Young People in Europe. The ‘Learning for Well-being; A Policy Priority for Children & Youth in Europe. A process for change' was successfully launched on 27 February 2012 during a conference in Brussels in the Palais des Academies. Please click here for more information. The EIESP coordinated the secretariat of the former Learning for Well-being Consortium of Foundations from 2009-2013. You can read about the final Consortium Activity Report.  Work & Activities of the Consortium can be accessed here

Learning & Well-being

  The EIESP through various projects and activities, supports the vision of the Learning for Well-being Foundation.  

The EIESP is participating in a project entitled Potential4Life which aims to improve educational outcomes for secondary school age students in Europe by helping them to reflect on their individual learning styles. Learning for well-being suggests that well-being is a lifelong process that can be learned, and emphasises realising the unique potential of individuals and communities, and accepting individual differences as central to the experience of well-being.

In partnership with the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), EIESP has published a Research Report on learning and well-being in schools and communities.   The Research Report explores how well-being is defined and measured in international contexts.  It features case studies on effective practice in communities and schools, and make recommendations for policy, and is available here. Case studies developed for the report are available here.

A Learning for Well-being Magazine is published twice a year (March & September) and the articles are free for download. Each issue explores a theme of interest for those who wish to expand their perspectives on creating and encouraging inclusive and supportive societies, and cultivating capacities and environments that place well-being at the centre of endeavours.