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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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News and Events


Grand Gross of the Order of Instruction attributed to Roberto Carneiro, Chair of the European Journal of Education

Former Portuguese Minister of Education Roberto Carneiro was honored Wednesday with the Grand Cross of the Order of Instruction by the President of the Republic of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, during a ceremony at the Portuguese Catholic University in Lisbon.  Please click here for the description and full tribute. 

Publications of two journal issues on the relationship between Techno-Science and Society

Two journals issues, under the direction of the Chairman of EIESP, Jean Claude Ruano-Borbalan, Professor at the CNAM, have been simultaneously published this past January. The issues are on the complementary themes of: 
- Techno-sciences in society: the multiple ways of legitimating knowledge; 
- Culture and techno-scientific innovation (standards, cultures and innovation) 

The first issue - in French- Techno-sciences en société, is from the Journal Innovations. The second issue, on Techno-Scientific Culture and Innovation, is from the Journal of Innovation Economics and Management. 


Sustainable Networks for Inclusive Education, 11 – 13 April, Brussels

 The European Commission, Directorate-General of Education and Culture, organised a conference of the EU policy networks on migrant education (Sirius), school leadership (EPNoSL), literacy (ELINET), and key competences (KeyCoNet).  The main goal of this event was to provide a platform for the networks to meet and discuss issues of sustainability and inclusiveness for their own network, to identify synergies across the networks, and to identify future activities and opportunities to influence national and EU authorities.  Alain Michel and Janet Looney, who have been actively involved in th KeyCoNet and ELINET networks, attended this meeting.

Public Launch of WISE Research, Royal Society of the Arts, 14 March, London

The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) and the Royal Society of the Arts (RSA) hosted a public event as part of the launch the 2015-16  WISE Research reports.  The main speakers and panelists focused on creative public leadership, as well as ways to turn ideas into action.  Janet Looney referred more specifically to findings from the report on the EIESP/PTUK report for WISE, Learning and Well-being: An agenda for change.

Remembrance of Asa Briggs (1921 - 2016)

Asa Briggs, Lord Briggs of Lewes, who passed away on the 15th of March 2016 at the age of 94 was a remarkable man, a convinced European and a splendid historian who played a very significant role in the creation and development of the European Institute of Education and Social Policy. Please click here for the full tribute.

Kick-Off meeting for Education and Training 2020 Working Groups, Brussels, 22- 23 February

 ET2020 Working Groups aim to accelerate mutual learning and empower national policy makers with good practices include experts from the Member States, candidate and EFTA countries, European social partners, civil society, EU agencies and international agencies.  The kick-off meeting brought all six 2016 – 18 Working Groups together for the first time. Janet Looney and Jaana Puukka, who are, respectively providing support for the Working Group on Schools and the Working Group on the Modernisation of higher education, attended this first meeting.  EIESP work is being done in partnership with Ecorys UK.

European Literacy Conference, Amsterdam, 20 – 22 January

 The final meeting of the European Literacy Network (ELINET) shifted the focus from idea generation to idea execution on how to improve literacy in Europe. ELINET experts introduced all results, findings and tools developed in the past two years. Maurice de Greef and Janet Looney presented findings of their team's research on Indicators of Success for awareness and fundraising projects for literacy in Europe.

Publication on January 14 of the study by Futuribles International : Report "Vigie 2016" on possible futures for the period 2030-2050

EIESP participated to this study by writing the section on "education and training" : the contributions of Bernard Hugonnier, Janet Looney, Alain Michel, Lorène Prigent and Paul Santelmann will be available from January 14 on the website of Futuribles International:

You may also find on this website the issue n° 410 (January-February 2016) of the Futuribles Review which includes the following articles:
  • "Elitisme républicain ou République élitiste?" by Bernard Hugonnier
  • "Education: le poids croissant de standards internationaux" by Alain Michel
  • "La formation continue en France: pour une réforme à la hauteur des enjeux" by Paul Santelmann


Roundtable, Learning and Well-being, World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), Doha, 5 November

 Janet Looney and Marwan Awartani (Learning for Well-being Consortium), participated in this roundtable on the physical, mental, emotional and ethical dimensions of learning and well-being.  They discussed the results of their WISE Research Report on Learning and Well-being, including how different perspectives on well-being can be brought together to support a multi-sectoral approach.

Conference about the ongoing reform of lower secondary education in France : Institut Français de l’Education / Ecole Normale Supérieure, Lyon (13-14 October 2015)

Following the European study on the implementation of key competences in Europe (KeyCoNet network), the EIESP has participated in a conference about the ongoing reform of lower secondary education in France. Janet Looney and Alain Michel were key speakers about ‘Key Competences and Curriculum Change in Europe’ while Isobel McGregor, associated expert of EIESP, presented the exemple of the ‘Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland’. Alain Michel has also monitored two workshops on the theme ‘Information, communication and citizenship’ as an example of the new ‘practical interdisciplinary activities’ (enseignements pratiques interdisciplinaires) which must be implemented from September 2016.

Click here to see the presentations and audio recordings of the conference.

Annual meeting of the Association of Teacher-Researchers in the Education Sciences  (l’Association des Enseignants Chercheurs en Sciences de l’Education )  - Paris 27th June 2015

Alain Michel introduced the EIESP’s European Journal of Education to about 80 researchers and doctoral studetns in educational sciences from universities throughout France (Mr. Michel is honorary EIESP president and has been a member of the EJE editorial board since 2007).

Integrating Health and Social Programmes with Education Systems: A Global Dialogue, Paris, 1 – 3 June 2015

This conference brought together all of the UN agencies and many of the 50+ non-governmental organisations that promote health, equity, safety, social, economic and sustainable development through schools.  The focus is on how to develop better long-term, realistic strategic and incremental systems thinking and analysis.  Janet Looney and Jean Gordon presented at this event.

Le temps de l’education, Institute des Hautes Études pour la Science et la Technologie (IHEST), 22 May, Paris

 This seminar focused on two major challenges for education: What knowledge should be taught and how should it be transmitted?  Jean-Claude Ruano Barbalon and Janet Looney made complementary presentations on the learning and the knowledge society (JCRB) and Pedagogical Innovation: international and peer learning (JL),
of the network.  Janet Looney attended this event on behalf of the EIESP.


2nd ELINET Conference, 20 – 22 April, Budapest

Over 130 participants attended the second ELINET conference. The conference reflected the progress of the work programme, and focused on specific topics such as the evaluation of good practices in raising literacy levels, the definition of literacy throughout Europe, or the sustainability of the network.  Janet Looney attended this event on behalf of the EIESP.

7 – 9 January Colloquium “Interaction of Research, innovation, science and society”, Paris 

This event was organized by a consortium of research institutions, universities and civil society organisations (education associations, educational and youth movements, etc) led by Alliance Sciences Société (AlliSS) . The aim was to foster a discussion on the nature and quality of research and science-society relations.  EIESP president Jean-Claude Ruano Barbalon was among the main organizers.  Alain Michel and Janet Looney of EIESP intervened in the workshop "Does society need educational research?” and Janet Looney participated in a plenary session on the topic" Recognizing new territories of knowledge ".



14 – 15 December, National Conference on “Innovative Education, from Policies to Practice”, Palestine Technical University Kadoorie (PTUK), Tulkarm, Palestine

PTUK recently established the Kadoorie Center for Learning and Teaching Innovation (KCLTI). The conference involved participants from various Palestinian universities and a number of guest speakers from the Commonwealth of Learning, Queensland University of Australia, Northwestern University, Columbia University, Millersville University, Cornell University and the American University in Cairo. Janet Looney made a presentation on “Assessment and Creativity” EIESP Board Member Daniel Kropf and chair of the Universal Education Foundation/Learning for Wellbeing network, also attended the event. Marwan Awartani, the president of PTUK and a core member of the Learning for Well-being network in which EIESP participate was the host of the event.


11 December, ‘VNFIL (Validation of Non-Formal and Informal Learning) in Europe: Learning from the Best’, EUCIS-LLL (the European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning), Brussels 

This panel discussion was sponsored by the Bertelsmann Foundation as part of EUCIS-LLL’s lifelong learning week.  It brought together contributors to a Foundation study on the main concepts of Validation of Non-formal and Informal Learning (e.g. VAE - Validations des Acquis de l'Expérience.), legal regulations, how recognition works in practice and in how far these processes benefit people with low formal qualifications in 5 European countries, and whether and how elements of the different systems may be transferred to the German context.  Janet Looney presented results of the case study on France written with Alain Michel.

International Conference at Montpellier - 11th and 12th December 2014

International conference (70 participants of several countries : mainly teacher educators and university professors) in Montpellier about the outcomes of the European study on the the policies for improving the attractivenessof the teaching profession.
Alain MICHEL and Michèle SELLIER (EIESP) mentioned the KeyCoNet project about the initial education and professional development of teachers in order to teach key competences.


KeyCoNet Project

On 25-26 November 2014, KeyCoNet hosted its final conference, launching its recommendations for policy makers and practitioners on how to improve the implementation of competence-based education in schools across Europe. The conference took place at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels. 

KeyCoNet Final Conference (click here)

The EIESP has been one of the main partners of European Schoolnet for this project which started in 2011, in particular for the review of literature on key competences, the design of the European survey and of final policy recommendations. Jean Gordon, Janet Looney and Alain Michel participated in all the meetings organised in Brussels, Seville, Dublin and Malta.

KeyCoNet Recommendations (click here)


18 November, Senate Debate – Petit dejeuner debat sur l’evaluation

APEL (Association de parents d’élèves de l’enseignement libre)  hosted this event, with Pierre Merle and Janet Looney debating on the subject of "Des notes pour quoi faire?".  The debate included interventions by students and parent organisations.  

13 – 14 November, Eminent Conference, European School Network, Zurich

The Experts Meeting in Education Networking (EMINENT) is an annual event organised by European Schoolnet. Participants include Ministries of Education, industry partners and other stakeholders involved in education. This year, the conference focused on innovation in education as well as assessment challenges Janet Looney participated in the first plenary round table on “Trends and Challenges in Assessment”, along with Morrten Søby, Head of Department, Norwegian Centre for ICT in education, Ministry of Education and Research

4–6 November, World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE),  “Imagine, Create, Learn – Creativity at the Heart of Education”, Doha

This annual three-day Summit draws a range of education stakeholders from over 100 countries, and features research and development in innovation in education.   Janet Looney, with colleague Markus Stainmayr of Duisburg-Essen University Centre for Higher Education Development and Quality Enhancement (CHEDQE), led a workshop entitled “Assessing the Quality of Creative Work” at the Doha Summit.

29 October, Workshop on “Recognition of informal and non-formal learning”, Berlin

Alain Michel and Janet Looney participated in this workshop, presenting the initial results of their case study on recognition of informal and non-formal learning in France conducted for a Bertlesmann study.

The 11th International Conference on Excellence in Education

The International Centre for Innovation in Education (, in conjunction with Université Paris Descartes (, Paris College of Art (, Gifted in France ( and the European Institute of Education and Social Policy presented the 11th International Conference on Excellence in Education:
The Creativity – Innovation Challenge
 from July 7 through 10, 2014. Presenters and keynotes from 80 different countries, allowing for comparisons of best practices and trends in different cultures and contexts.
To learn more about this event click here.


80 European organisations launch the European Literacy Policy Network ELINET in Vienna

From the 24th until the 27th of February, 80 organisations from 28 countries mark the start of the European Literacy Policy Network (ELINET) in Vienna, Austria. One in five European 15 year olds, as well as nearly 75 million adults, lack basic reading and writing skills, which makes it hard for them to get a job, and increases their risk of poverty and social exclusion. H.R.H. Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands will launch the network to prevent and reduce illiteracy in Europe. Furthermore, Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth will elucidate this major new step in a special video message.

In 2011 the European Commission established a High Level Group of experts in the field of literacy. This group examined how to support literacy throughout lifelong learning, identified common success factors of literacy programmes and policy initiatives, and came up with proposals for improving literacy. Following the work of the Group, the European Commission initiated a network to raise awareness, gather and analyse policy information, and exchange policy approaches, good practices, and initiatives to reduce the number of children, young people and adults with low literacy skills by 2020.

The launch of the network is organized by the network´s Coordinator, the University of Cologne (Prof. Dr. Christine Garbe, Martin Gross),  in cooperation with the Austrian Book Club in Vienna. The official opening will be at the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research. The 80 partner organisations from 28 countries (of which 24 are EU Member States) consist of existing national literacy associations and foundations, policymakers, literacy centres, and other stakeholder groups working in the field.


To learn more about the European Literacy Network, please contact: Prof. Dr. Christine Garbe, University of Cologne, Germany: +49-221-7895-5588 or +49-170-4086-321, For information on the Austrian Book Club, please contact Henrike Blum: +43 /1/ 505 17 54-36 or 0680/133 95 26,



Lifelong Learning Week at the European Parliament

Lifelong Learning Week is organised every year by the European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning (EUCIS-LLL), the European civil society network on lifelong learning, in the European Parliament hosted by MEPs from the different groups. It took place from the 3rd to 6th December. Universal Education Foundation (UEF) sponsored a photo competition on 'The Future of Learning: Unlocking each and everyone’s unique potential'. The winners were presented at the opening cocktail of the Week on the 3rd and Daniel Kropf was invited to make a short presentation which focused on the synergies between Learning for Well-being and the EUCIS Manifesto, Building together the Future of Learning. Jean Gordon represented the EIESP and Learning for Well-being and participated in a panel discussion on Measuring Progress in Lifelong Learning.

Colloquium in Rennes

On December 6th the EIESP participated in a one-day conference entitled 'Bien être chez l'enfant à haut potentiel dans son environnement scolaire' organised by the Pôle Hospitalo-Universitaire de Psychiatrie de l'Enfant et de l'Adolescent in Rennes, in partnership with the Académie de Rennes. Jean Gordon gave a keynote presentation about Learning for Well-being and Alain Michel and Lorène Prigent presented a synthesis of the day's discussion. 

New publications by Cedefop

Cedefop has published a new report entitled 'Return to work. Work-based learning and the reintegration of unemployed adults into the labour market'. short brief has been drafted from the full report.

This study was undertaken by Ecorys UK, led by Vicki Donlevy. Jean Gordon was a member of the advisory group.

New study on Learning Outcomes Approaches

The EIESP is participating in a new study commissioned by Cedefop: 'The application of learning outcomes approaches across Europe – a comparative perspective'. The study, led by Ecorys Poland, builds on the 2007-2008 Cedefop study (in which the EIESP was also involved): 'The Shift to Learning Outcomes'. For more information click here.

The study was launched at a conference organised by Cedefop in Thessaloniki on 21-22 November 2013: 'The shift to learning outcomes and its impacts - taking stock of European policies and practices'. More information, including the programme and presentations, can be found here. For the EIESP, Janet Looney gave a workshop presentation on 'Changes in assessment triggered by the learning outcomes approaches' and Jean Gordon made the summary and synthesis of the three workshop outcomes. 

Please click here to access the conference page and here to view the presentations made by Janet Looney and Jean Gordon of the EIESP. 


Inspiring Unfolding Conference - October

Unfolding Conference: 'Nurturing a culture that allows each and every child to unfold their unique potential and to engage in society' - the Unfolding Conference took place in Brussels from the 23rd to 26th October. It was organized by the Learning for Well-being Consortium and the Alliance for Childhood with participation of Eurochild, Universal Education Foundation (UEF), International Association for Steiner/Waldorf Early-Childhood Education (IASWECE), Alliance ELIANT, CEJI - A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe, and European Peer Training Organisation (EPTO). The conference was hosted by the Higher Institute for Family Sciences (Belgium). The event created an opportunity for stakeholders from all over Europe, and from all sectors of society, to have a meaningful and deep dialogue about their policies for children and childhood and to lay the foundation for a fruitful and constructive cooperation. The conference was structured in three blocks:

  • Reflecting together on Wednesday October 23rd with a welcome reception, panel discussion and round table dinner conversations;
  • Insights and dynamic learning on Thursday October 24th during a day of key note speeches and interactive workshops;
  • Getting involved: an Open Space Technology Session on Friday 25th & 26th Saturday October.

Jean Gordon and Jean-Claude Ruano-Borbalan were pleased to be able to join the conference discussions on Wednesday and Thursday bringing an education policy perspective to a very rich and open cross-sector discussion. Click here to see the Unfolding conference brochure. To download the most recent Learning for Well-being information focussing on core capacities click here, and for the Learning for Well-being Institute presentation click here.

Successful CATS Conference - July

The first international and intergenerational conference on making children's participation work was held in Caux (Switzerland) from the 24th to 30th July. CAUX-Initiatives of Change is an independent Swiss foundation that has been working since the late 1940s to promote peace, prevent conflicts, build trust and encourage intercultural dialogue and ethical conduct in business. This first CATS conference brought together over 200 participants from about 40 countries across the world. There were 60 children and young people participating. A rich programme of activities was organised for children, young people and adults - some together, some in separate groups. For more information about the programme click here

Universal Education Foundation (UEF) / Learning for Well-being (L4WB) participated very actively in the organisation and running of this first international children's participation conference. Jean Gordon participated in the conference with the L4WB team and facilitated one of the panel plenaries on Post-conflict reconstruction. To read more click here.

Second Meeting of the Transatlantic Forum for Inclusive Early Years (TFIEY) - New York, July 10-12

The second conference of the TFIEY took place in New York from the 10th to 12th July bringing together about 70 policy makers, practitioners, researchers and policy analysts and foundation experts.  The theme of this meeting was 'Workforce preparation and Curriculum Innovations'. Jean Gordon participated with Daniel Kropf on behalf of Universal Education Foundation (UEF). As part of the meeting, we were able to visit the City University New York (CUNY), Professional Development Institute that is developing adults working with developing children and improving the quality of early childhood provision through system building.

The presentations and the synthesis report of the first meeting (January 2013) are now available on the TFIEY website. The presentations from the NY meeting will be posted shortly.

Study visit to Paris of a Delegation from the Turkish Ministry of National Education (2-5 June 2013)

On behalf of IBF, the EIESP organised a study visit for civil servants of the Turkish Ministry of National Education. The seven delegates, who were interested by the organisation of vocational education and qualifications, have been received by Jacques Perrin (General Inspectorate), Brigitte Bouquet (National Commission of Vocational Certification), Gilles Schildknecht (Conservatoire national des arts et métiers), Jean-Pierre Dudézert (Centre de Formation Permanente, Université de Paris II Panthéon-Assas - vocational qualifications of tertiary education through apprenticeship), and Alain Michel and Jean-Claude Ruano-Borbalan (EIESP).

Participation in a European Seminar on the teaching profession organised by the European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) in Ljubljana (Slovenia) on the 30th May 2013

Alain Michel, the scientific coordinator of the European study on the attractiveness of the teaching profession, that was coordinated by IBF International Consulting, the Institut Universitaire de Formation des Maîtres of Montpellier and the EIESP, represented the EIESP at the conference organised by ETUCE in Ljubljana on the theme: 'The development of the teaching profession in times of economic crisis'. He was one of the three keynote speakers, with Paul Holdsworth (European Commission) and Kristen Weatherby (OECD).

Address at Erasmus Conference in Grenoble

On the 30th May 2013 Dr Hywel Ceri Jones, former Chair of the EIESP, gave the keynote adress at the European conference held at the Université Pierre Mendez France in Grenoble, France on the occasion of the celebration of the 25th anniversary  of the university's participation in the EU's flagship programme, Erasmus. Dr Jones played a key role in the design, launch and development of this programme during his career at the European Commission. The pilot version was coordinated by the EIESP.  We are pleased to make his speech available to a wider audience. 

KeyCoNet Project Video Now Available

A video about the KeyCoNet project (more information under 'Projects' ) is now available here.

For more information see project project description here.

Early childhood education and care (ECEC) for children from disadvantaged backgrounds: Findings from a European literature review and two case studies

This report, in which the EIESP was involved, with the literature review, case studies and policy brief, can now be downloaded from the website of the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission here

For more information see project description here.

EU Presidency Conference in Dublin (18-19 February 2013) on the Professional Identity of Teacher Educators

The event organized by the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union focused on the characteristics of and main challenges provided by the broad range of actors who play a role in initial teacher education, as well as the continuing professional development of teachers. The conference was opened by the Ministers of Education of the Republic of Ireland and of Northern Ireland, and the Deputy Director-General of the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission.

Alain Michel was the general rapporteur for the conference and participated in the final panel with Professors John Coolahan and Ciaran Surgrue (Ireland), Kay Livingston (Scotland) and Kari Smith (Norway).

You can find conference documentation and the report here.

First Meeting of the Transatlantic Forum for Inclusive Early Years - January

The King Baudouin Foundation (Belgium) has brought together a consortium of European and North American foundations to support the Transatlantic Forum for Inclusive Early Years (TFIEY). Universal Education Foundation (UEF), a partner of the EIESP, is a member of this consortium.

The Forum will meet twice a year over the next 3 years bringing together high level policy-makers, experts and practitioners from different European countries and the USA. Forum participants will explore policies and projects supporting the early childhood development of children from migrant and low-income families. The first meeting of the Forum took place in Ghent from the 21st to 23rd January. Jean Gordon participated with Daniel Kropf on behalf of UEF.

The early years are critical for a child’s cognitive, emotional, linguistic and social development. During these early years, development outcomes differ for children from middle- to high-income families and those from low-income families, and the gap widens as time progresses. Early childhood development and quality interventions give children, regardless of family income, an opportunity to reach their full potential.  For more information click here.