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ESSDE Working Group meeting on Higher Education and Research

On 31 March 2017, the European Education Social Partners – ETUCE and the European Federation of Education Employers (EFEE) gathered in Brussels to conduct their annual Working Group meeting dedicated to Higher Education and Research, within the European Sectoral Social Dialogue in Education (ESSDE). The meeting focused on Gender Equality, Geographical and Employment Mobility and in Higher Education and Research. The role of the education social partners in addressing gender imbalances in the academic career and in contributing to supportive environments for mobile professors and researchers in higher education and research was discussed. The outcome of the discussions feeds in and contributes to the joint work of the European Sectoral Social Partners in Education. Read more

ESSDE Plenary meeting adopts joint texts on the social dialogue promotion and the prevention of Psychosocial Hazards in the Education Sector

On 08 November 2016  European Education Social Partners - ETUCE and European Federation of Education Employers (EFEE) gathered in Brussels to conduct their annual Plenary Meeting within the European Sectoral Social Dialogue in Education (ESSDE). The topics discussed included recent trends in open and innovative education, including digital skills. ETUCE delegates highlighted their concern about ICT being used as a vehicle for commercialisation in and of education. The changes for the teaching profession in the digital were discussed. Three joint text were successfully adopted by the Plenary, namely: The Joint ETUCE/EFEE Statement on Promoting the potentials of the European Sectoral Social Dialogue in Education, the Joint ETUCE/EFEE Declaration on Preventing and Combating Psychosocial Hazards in the Education Sector and the Joint Practical Guidelines on  How to Promote Joint Social Partner Initiatives at European, National, Regional and Local Level to Prevent and Combat Psychosocial Hazards in Education. These texts are the outcome of two years of joint activities on social dialogue and capacity building as well as on healthy workplaces for education personnel. Read more

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Joint EFEE/ETUCE Statement on Promoting the potentials of the European Sectoral Social Dialogue in EducationJoint report European Sectoral Social Partners in Education promoting the potentials of their dialogue through  knowledge transfer and training. The ESSDE capacity building project IIJoint ETUCE/EFEE Declaration on Preventing and Combating Psychosocial Hazards in the Education SectorJoint Practical Guidelines on How to Promote Joint Social Partner Initiatives at European, National, Regional and Local Level to Prevent and Combat Psychosocial Hazards in Education

ESSDE Working Group meeting on migrants’ integration and the role of social partners in preventing the radicalization of young people

On 30 September 2016, the European Sectoral Social Dialogue on Education Working Group took place in Brussels. European sectoral social partners in education discussed three main issues. Firstly, how they can contribute to facilitate migrants’ integration in the education and the socio-economic environment of the host country. Secondly, the Paris Declaration on promoting citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through education, and the role of social partners in preventing and combating the radicalization of young people in education. And, finally, the new Skills Agenda for Europe of the European Commission, was discussed. The meeting offered a fruitful platform for exchange of practices among the several delegates of ETUCE and EFEE, for mutual learning and for posing questions and comments, as well as for underlining critical aspects of European Commission’s initiatives. Read more

ESSDE Working Group meeting on Higher Education and Research on public/private developments in higher education and research

On 3 June 2016, the European Education Social Partners – ETUCE and the European Federation of Education Employers (EFEE) gathered in Brussels to conduct their annual Working Group meeting dedicated to Higher Education and Research, within the European Sectoral Social Dialogue in Education (ESSDE). The meeting focused on public-private developments in education. Working group members had the chance to learn about European Commission’s initiatives fostering public-private partnership in higher education and research (e.g. Juncker’s Investment Plan) and expressed concerned about the potential threat to privatisation and commercialisation of education.

ESSDE Plenary meeting adopts new work programme for 2016-2017

On 16 February 2016, ETUCE and the European Federation of Education Employers (EFEE) conducted their annual plenary meeting 2015 within the European Sectoral Social Dialogue in Education (ESSDE).  As every year, delegates learned about the work results made and exchanged their views on the future work following up on these achievements. This meeting also offered an occasion again to learn more about other European processes and projects with relevance for the education sector. The core issue of the meeting though was clearly the new ESSDE work programme 2016/17. In January 2016, the ESSDE steering group members looked into the ESSDE delegates’ proposals and elaborated a draft programme which was submitted to delegates of the plenary group. Following a very lively and fruitful debate  on proposals for modifications, the delegates agreed finally to adopt the new work programme. Read more

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Joint declaration on School leadership (2015) Report Professional Autonomy, Accountability and Efficient Leadership and the role of employers’ organisations, trade unions and school leaders

ESSDE Working Group on Higher Education and Research addresses the needs of early career researchers

On 14 December 2015, the European Education Social Partners – ETUCE and the European Federation of Education Employers (EFEE) gathered in Brussels to conduct their annual Working Group meeting dedicated to Higher Education and Research. The meeting addressed the European agenda on modernizing higher education. The outcomes of the joint project on Supporting Early Career Researchers in Higher Education in Europe were presented, highlighting the main challenges for early career researchers (ECR) and possible actions to address these, and pointing to a number of actions that could be undertaken by social partners in this respect. Read more

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Joint Report Supporting Early Career Researchers in Higher Education in Europe: The Role of Employers and Trade Unions (February 2015) Joint Declaration EFEE/ETUCE on Supporting early career researchers in Higher Education in Europe (January 2015)

ESSDE Working Group meeting Education in support of employment and Apprenticeship

On 9 March 2015, the European Sectoral Social Dialogue on Education Working Group took place in Brussels. European sectoral social partners in education discussed how could education support employment needs and the role of the education social partners in contributing to quality apprenticeships and VET sector.

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Joint ETUCE-EFEE Pledge to the European Alliance for Apprenticeships (2015)

ESSDE Plenary on the social dialogue promotion and education and employment

On 6 November 2014, the European Sectoral Social Dialogue on Education Plenary meeting took place in Brussels to discuss the strengthened cooperation between the European Commission’s education and training services and the European social partners in the field, including the ET2020 stocktaking. Social partners discussed the future priorities for Education and Training 2020. Delegates were presented the outcomes of two joint projects leading to joint ESSDE joint texts on supporting early career researchers and on professional autonomy, accountability and efficient leadership (EFEE-led).

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Joint declaration ETUCE/EFEE on School Leadership (2015) Joint Report Professional Autonomy, Accountability and Efficient Leadership and the role of employers’ organisations, trade unions and school leaders (2015) Joint declaration EFEE/ETUCE: The contribution of sectoral social dialogue to the strengthening of social dialogue (2015) Joint Survey Report: Promoting the potentials of the European sectoral social dialogue in education by addressing new challenges and exploring experience and knowledge (2014)

ESSDE Working Group on Higher Education and Research on supporting early career researchers in Europe

On 29 September 2014, the ESSDE Working Group on Higher Education and research overviewed the work done in the course of the joint project on “Supporting early career researchers in higher education in Europe”. They also shared viewed on the European Commission initiative on the Modernisation of Higher Education.

ESSDE Working Group on the promotion on Lifelong learning and schools of the 21st century

On 4 April 2014, the Working Group meeting of the European education social partners discussed the European Area of Skills and Qualification, and the survey on the implementation of the Joint Guidelines on Trans-regional cooperation in Lifelong learning among education stakeholders.

In 2012-2013 the ESSDE dealt with recruitment and retention in the education sector; the role of the social partners in enhancing the status and attractiveness of the teaching profession in times of economic crisis, produced several reports and agreed on five joint texts:

Analysis of an online survey of social partners in education The status and attractiveness of the teaching profession in times of the economic crisis as a key task for social partners in education. Finding joint strategies to tighten the links between education and the labour market (2013) Joint declaration on the promotion of self-evaluation of schools and teachers (2013) Joint report on self-evaluation of Schools and Teachers (2013, EFEE-led) Executive Summary FR- Executive Summary DE Technical report of EFEE-ETUCE survey on Recruitment and Retention in the Education sector (2012)

Joint recommendations on Recruitment and retention in the Education sector: a matter of social dialogue (2012)Joint Statement on Professional Qualifications Directive

The topic of tackling third-party violence was addressed jointly by the European social partners. During 2010-2011, the European social partners in Education worked together on projects focusing on specific topics such as teachers' work-related stress: European-wide Survey—Assessment, Comparison and Evaluation of the Impact of Psychosocial Factors on Teachers at their Workplace in the and the Promotion, awareness –raising and dissemination of the multi-sectoral guidelines to tackle third-party violence and harassment related to work.

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How to Prevent and Mitigate Third-Party Violence and Harassment in Schools. Implementation Guide for the Education Sector of the Multi-Sectoral Guidelines to Tackle Third-Party Violence and Harassment Related to Work (2013)Joint report from the Social Partners in the Education sector on the Implementation of the Multi-Sectoral Guidelines to Tackle Third-Party Violence and Harassment Related to Work (2013)Joint Brochure Third-Party Violence: Research, Assessment and Knowledge Sharing (2012)

During 2010-2011, the European social partners in Education also worked together on two projects focusing on:

Trans-regional cooperation in lifelong learning among education stakeholders Leadership and Governance in Schools as instruments for improving student results and preparing them for lifelong learning (EFEE-led)

And in 2010-2011 the ESSDE agreed on two joint texts:

Joint Guidelines on Trans-regional cooperation in Lifelong Learning among education stakeholdersAgreement on Joint Guidelines on Trans-regional cooperation in Lifelong Learning among education stakeholders

At their first ESSDE Plenary meeting, the European Social Partners in Education adopted the joint Declaration on "Investments in the Future – A joint declaration on education, training and research", which states that public and private spending on education is an investment in the future, and that EU Member States should refrain from cutbacks on education. The joint Declaration was a mile stone as it was the first to be adopted by the Social Partners in Education.

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Joint Declaration on Investment in Education (2011)

At the second meeting of the ESSDE in January 2011 the European social partners in Education set up three working groups (WGs) on specific topics:

WG1: Quality in EducationWG2: The Demographic challengesWG3: Higher Education and Research