Since its launch in November 2017, EFIL has fully supported the European Education Area and its aim to make learning mobility the norm.

Within the EEA we particularly welcome the fact that the recognition of learning periods abroad in general secondary education has been put on the European education policy agenda as key to making mobility a reality for all. For the next 2 years we call for a focus on:

  • stressing the importance of long-term individual pupil mobility as a transformative experience for pupils, their class and their teachers, thanks to the cultural immersion in the host country which is essential for developing key transversal competences;
  • raising awareness among Member States of the importance of teacher training (ITE and CPD) aimed at internationalisation, and the need for competence-based assessment of the learning outcomes of pupils, broadly in line with the curriculum of their sending school;
  • promoting trust in the quality and level of qualifications of schools and school systems abroad;
  • piloting standardised procedures to gather data on IPM and recognition of its learning outcomes;
  • encouraging cooperation between secondary schools and non-profit pupil exchange organisations for supporting teachers in managing long-term individual pupil mobility and ensuring that all pupils in the school benefit from this experience, through a whole school approach.

You can find the complete position paper here.