These pages offer information about the files of the Education Council. In these case files, the Education Council presents a brief summary of the positions it has taken in recent years in a variety of areas. The subjects covered are not exhaustive, but are intended to present a broad outline of our views.

In its advisory reports, the Education Council observes five normative substantive criteria. In many cases, it is not possible to meet all these criteria at the same time. Similarly, not all criteria are always relevant for all recommendations. In view of this, the Education Council reconsiders them each time it publishes recommendations. These criteria are:

  • Does the recommendation contribute to improvements in the quality of education (improvement of individual learning achievements, increased output from the system)?; does it create conditions for and provide guarantees of education that meets high minimum standards (giving legitimacy to government action)?
  • Does the recommendation create opportunities for as many people as possible, taking account of the capacities of the participants? Does it ensure that suitability is the principle target in admissions (accessibility)?
  • Does the recommendation contribute to the cost-effectiveness of the education system (effectiveness)?
  • Is the recommendation within the constitutional parameters of our state system? Does the advocated policy allow participants to choose the school that appeals to them the most (freedom of choice/pluriformity)?
  • Does the recommendation advance the contribution that education can make to social cohesion and the sense of (joint) responsibility of citizens for education?

Furthermore, the Education Council has a number of specific focus areas within the realm of education policy:

  • result-driven approach;
  • cognitive, but also social outcomes;
  • sufficient opportunities for transfers/transitions between sectors;
  • teaching standards;
  • the commitment of parties in the school/education institution environment.

Furthermore, the measures proposed by the Education Council show that we tend to favour the use of legislation to enact our proposals. We do this because it is important that choices are made consciously. Basic conditions for the quality of the system need to be set in stone, yet they must also offer scope for professional discretion of actors in the education community.

The following files are available in English:

  1. Primary education
  2. Special needs education and care in mainstream education (special needs pupils)
  3. Secondary education
  4. (Preparatory) senior secondary vocational education
  5. Higher education
  6. Educational disadvantage
  7. Bildung and citizenship
  8. Teachers
  9. Examinations and examination procedures
  10. Internationalization and Europe
  11. Lifelong learning
  12. Development and support of education
  13. Governance and administration of education
  14. Finance and funding
  15. Local education policy