A new OECD Report “School Leadership for Learning” uses the data of the Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) from 2013 to analyse different strategies of school leadership and its impact on the school’s learning communities and learning climate. Principals and teachers in lower secondary education in 30 countries were asked about learning environments and working conditions in their schools, as well as leadership practices and relationships between principals, teachers and other stakeholders.

In its recent opinion on a new strategy for persons with disabilities in the European Union, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) analysed Concluding observations of the EU policies by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) Committee and called on the EU to review the European Disability Strategy (EDS). The EESC suggested to introduce more areas of action and link the Strategy to the review and revision of policies, programmes and funding instruments, as well as to set a clear implementation timeframe, budget and specific benchmarks and indicators.

OECD Report “Innovating Education and Educating for Innovation” was published as the background report to the second Global Education Industry Summit which was held on 26-27 September 2016 in Jerusalem. The report presents the results of several OECD surveys on innovation in education, analysing the impact of digital technologies on teaching and learning. The key findings of the report indicate that even though digital skills create a considerable positive outcome in terms of employment, income and better life opportunities, the introduction of digital technologies in the education system has not yet reached the expectations of better results at lower cost.

ZNP, one of ETUCE’s member organisations in Poland, reported that on 19 November 2016, despite the bad weather and the rain, more than 50,000 demonstrators, among them local government officials, politicians, education employees, scientists, parents, students and representatives from more than a dozen non-governmental organisations participated in the nationwide mass demonstration staged by ZNP in Warsaw. The demonstrators used the slogan “NO chaos in schools”.

On 26 November 2016, EĞITIM-SEN, ETUCE’s member organisation in Turkey, organised a symposium entitled “State of Emergency, Decrees, and Struggle for Democracy” in Ankara, Turkey. Nearly 150 Egitim-Sen activists, officials, representatives of befriended organisations, non-governmental organisations and opposition parties, representatives of four ETUCE’s member organisations as well as Cees Van Beek, the Embassy of the Netherlands in Ankara, participated in the symposium.

The OECD and the European Commission have recently published a joint working paper “How are refugees faring on the labour market in Europe?” based on the results of the 2014 EU Labour Force Survey. As Europe has seen an unprecedented rise of asylum seekers, the question of the integration of refugees has gained greater importance. In 2014, the EU Labour Force Survey (LFS) included 11 additional variables on migrants and their families to analyse the characteristics and the labour market outcomes of refugees and asylum-seekers.