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EU Referendum Update
Following the result of the EU referendum held on 23 June 2016, there is no immediate change to the UK’s participation in Erasmus+, including the participation of the Eurydice Unit for England, Wales and Northern Ireland in the Eurydice Network.

The work of the Eurydice Network, an action under Key Action 3 (support for policy reform) of Erasmus+, the EU programme for education, training, youth and sport, is co-funded by national governments and the European Commission.

The statement from Jo Johnson, Minister of State for Universities and Science, published on 28 June, outlines some initial information regarding the UK’s future access to the Erasmus+ programme. Updates will be issued by the Erasmus+ UK National Agency.
Instruction Time
Literacy, mathematics, science and foreign languages are recognised as core subjects in the school curriculum in all European countries. But how much time do students spend on those subjects, and how much does this vary across countries? This Eurydice report, published on 9 June, provides information about the recommended minimum instruction time across core subjects in 37 European countries in 2015/16. The main changes since 2010/11 are also identified.
Education in the News
Issue 88 of Education in the News has just been published. It covers recent European education news items from ministry websites, education websites and other sources, including the following:

  • Helping young people in France to protect their personal information and stay safe online
  • A strategy for internationalisation in education in the Netherlands
  • Plans to provide refugee children in Greece with lessons in their native language, as well as some instruction in English and Greek
  • Development of a new qualification in Ireland, designed to foster the inclusion of disabled children in pre-schools
  • A pilot scheme in Italy to help reduce the rate of student drop-out, by encouraging the wider use of school facilities for cultural and educational activities outside of school opening hours.
Organisation of School Time
Schools have already broken up for the summer in Scotland and Northern Ireland, and will soon be breaking up in England and Wales. But how do school holidays fall in other European countries? See Organisation of School Time in Europe for 2015/16, covering primary and secondary education.
Slovakian Presidency
Slovakia took over the presidency of the Council of the European Union on 1 July. Information on the Slovakian education system is available from the Eurydice network.
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Eurydice Direct is published by the Eurydice Unit at NFER, the unit for England, Wales and Northern Ireland in the Eurydice network. It includes information about Eurydice network activities, reports and resources, including the latest edition of 'Education in the News', our round-up of education developments across Europe.

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Recent Publications
Forthcoming in 2016
Mobility Scoreboard (September 2016)

School and Academic Calendars, 2015/16 (September 2016)

Teachers’ and School Heads’ Salaries and Allowances in Europe, 2015/16 (October 2016)

National Student Fee and Support Systems in Higher Education 2016/2017 (October 2016)

Structural Indicators for Monitoring Education and Training Systems in Europe 2016 (November 2016)

Structure of European Education Systems (diagrams) 2016/17 (November 2016)
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