The Eurydice at NFER team updates the articles on the education systems in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in Eurypedia - The European Encyclopedia on National Education Systems. We regularly review and revise our articles which are written in accordance with a common framework followed by our Eurydice colleagues writing about education systems in their countries. Please contact us  if you have any comments or feedback.

For each system description on Eurypedia there is an ‘Overview’ which provides a brief outline of the education system  (see England Wales Northern Ireland). Scotland is also included in Eurypedia and is updated by the national Eurydice unit for Scotland based within the Scottish Government. The Eurypedia database is then structured around the following 14 topics with navigation which allows users to move from one country to another within the same topic:

  1. Political, Social and Economic Background and Trends (England Wales Northern Ireland) provides the contextual background.
  2. Organisation and Governance (England Wales Northern Ireland) outlines how the education system is structured and governed including the role of central and local government and of institutional autonomy.
  3. Funding in Education (England Wales Northern Ireland) provides an overview of funding mechanisms for early childhood education and care, school, further, adult and higher education.
  4. Early Childhood Education and Care (England Wales Northern Ireland) outlines the organisation, structure and the main policy and general objectives for early childhood education and care.
  5. Primary Education (England Wales Northern Ireland) provides an overview of the organisation of primary education, teaching and learning, and assessment.
  6. Secondary Education and Post-secondary Non-tertiary Education (England Wales Northern Ireland) explains educational provision for young people aged 11 to 18/19 years including vocational programmes and apprenticeships for those aged 16-18/19.
  7. Higher Education (England Wales Northern Ireland) provides an overview of the structure of the higher education system, including undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
  8. Adult Education and Training (England Wales Northern Ireland)) mainly deals with the policies, programmes and qualifications targeted at adult learners over the age of 19 outside of higher education.
  9. Teachers and Education Staff (England Wales Northern Ireland) explains initial teacher training, conditions of service and continuing professional development for teachers and education staff in early childhood education and care, schools, further and adult education and higher education.
  10. Management and Other Education Staff (England Wales Northern Ireland) outlines the role of management and other educational staff working in early childhood education and care, schools, further and adult education and higher education. This includes head teachers, school inspectors, education psychologists and careers advisors.
  11. Quality Assurance (England Wales Northern Ireland) considers the approach to ensuring high standards in the education system through self-evaluation, inspection and the publication of performance data.
  12. Educational Support and Guidance (England Wales Northern Ireland) covers special educational needs provision in schools and educational support and guidance in all phases of education.
  13. Mobility and Internationalisation (England Wales Northern Ireland) covers policies which promote mobility and internationalisation in early childhood education, schools, further and adult education and higher education.
  14. Ongoing Reforms and Policy Developments (England Wales Northern Ireland) provides a round-up of national policy developments relating to: education in the ‘Europe 2020 Strategy’, the European Union’s 10-year strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth; priorities in the ‘ET2020’ strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training to 2020; and other national educational priorities.

 

Last reviewed February 2014



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