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


The KeyCoNet network identified and analysed emergent strategies in implementing key competence-based curricula in European education systems, and developed policy recommendations so support further progress. Network members contributed to research reviews, case studies and video documentaries of “best practices”, and participate in annual peer learning visits at selected sites. In total, the network included 18 partners from 10 countries bringing together policy makers, practitioners and researchers.

Network partners met face-to-face and also disseminated information to a broader set of stakeholders in national events (teachers’ professional associations, teacher training organisations, etc.). EIESP’s specific outputs included a review of the literature, Key competence development in school education in Europe (2013) and the network’s Final Recommendations.


The KeyCoNet web portal continues to host an online learning community, and provides access to reports on network activities. The network was funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme of the Directorate-General for Education and Culture, European Commission and co-funded by the partners.​

Key competences in Europe: Opening doors for lifelong learners across the school curriculum and teacher education (2008-2009)

The aim of the study was to provide a comparative overview of policy and practice concerning the development and implementation of key competences in the education systems of the 27 Member States of the European Union. In particular, the study assessed the implementation of the 8 key competences contained in the European Reference Framework of Key Competences in primary and secondary schools across the EU as well as the extent to which initial and in-service education and training of teachers equips them with the skills and competences necessary to deliver key competences effectively.


The final report is available here.

EIESP  European Institute of Education and Social Policy

IEEPS Institut Européen d’Éducation et de Politique Sociale

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