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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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KeyCoNet: European Policy Network on the Implementation of Key Competences in School Education (2012 – 2014)

Type of project/activity:

A policy network identifying and analysing emergent strategies in implementing key competences into education reforms, and producing recommendations.

A competence refers to a complex combination of knowledge, skills, understanding, values, attitudes and desire which lead to effective, embodied human action in the world in a particular domain.’

Hoskins B., Deakin Crick R., (2010) Competences for learning to learn and active citizenship: different currencies or two sides of the same coin?, European Journal of education, Vol.45, N°1, Part II, pp.121-138


Coordinator: European Schoolnet (EUN), Belgium,


European Network of Innovative Schools, (Austria); Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture, (Austria); EduConsult, (Belgium); Agency for Quality Assurance in Education and Training – AKOV, (Belgium); Junior Achievement Young Enterprise - JA-YE, (Belgium); Tiger Leap foundation, (Estonia); European Institute of Education and Social Policy – EIESP, (France); General Directorate of School Education, Ministry of Education, (France); General Inspectorate, Ministry of Education, (France); French Institute for Education, ENS-Lyon, (France); University of Helsinki, (Finland); University of Jyväskylä, (Finland); National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, (Ireland); University of Oslo, (Norway); Directorate for Innovation and Curricular Development, Ministry of Education, (Portugal); University of Lisbon, (Portugal); University of Minho, (Portugal); National Institute for Education, (Slovakia); Swedish Principals Academy, (Sweden).

In addition to the country partners, there are two expert partners from Poland and the United Kingdom and an associate partner, the University of Melbourne.

Main activities:

Definitions of competence tend to refer to a complex notion that goes beyond cognitive aspects, and includes attitudes and capacities in addition to a set of skills. Cross–curricular key competences have a focus in all subjects and school activities and are the responsibility of all school staff. They represent the goals that are common to the whole curriculum and constitute different types of tools that students need to adapt to a variety of situations and to continue learning throughout life. This being said, the network is based on the following key elements:

  • A network of partners including nine Ministries in charge of education or national agencies specialised in curriculum and assessment issues, inspectorates and school heads representatives, and seven university departments, some of them being specialised in key competences issues, others providing teacher training; two European organisations (one on entrepreneurship education, and EUN) are two other partners; Ministries connecting departments/national agencies in charge of curriculum development, teacher training, student assessment, learning resources, etc. In total, the network consists of 18 partners from 10 countries bringing together those able to make strategic and potentially systemic decisions (Ministries) in cooperation with practitioners (teacher trainers, inspectorates), and grounded by evidence (university departments); in addition, individual scientific experts will also be associated to this partnership;
  •  Systematic mapping of policies, research and pilot projects for “key competences” in education, and evidence on impact.  The Network supports face-to-face meetings among the key European partners, as well as national events to disseminate information to a broader set of stakeholders (teachers’ professional associations, teacher training organisations, etc.)  The KeyCoNet web portal hosts an online learning community, and access to reports on network activities ;
  • Network members contribute to research reviews, case studies and video documentaries of “best practices”, and participate in annual peer learning visits at selected sites. 

Name of programme and funder:

The network is funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme of the Directorate-General for Education and Culture, European Commission and co-funded by the partners.

Expected outcomes:

A video is available at the following website:

For more information on the EIESP’s contribution please contact Ms. Janet Looney at or Mr. Alain Michel at

For further information regarding the KeyCoNet project please contact the project manager, Caroline Kearney at European Schoolnet at