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Innovation and equity in education

One of the objectives of the establishment of a European Education Area is to better support Member States in improving the inclusive, lifelong-learning based and innovation-driven nature of their education and training systems, as emphasised by the Commission[1]. Innovation in school pedagogical and organisational practices can help ensure that each child realises his/her potential, creating favourable learning environments and improving academic and social outcomes for learners[2].In particular, evidence shows that the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) offer a vast range of benefits and opportunities in education. Nevertheless, there is a lack of academic attention given to teachers’ digital literacy, and the impact of digitalisation of education is still scarcely evaluated. The Network should continue exploring the extent to which innovation in education can benefit teaching and learning and improve equity in European education systems.


  • [1] Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the European Council, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions, Building a stronger Europe: the role of youth, education and culture policies, COM(2018) 268 final.
  • [2] European Commission (2018), Study on supporting school innovation across Europe. Prepared by PPMI for DG EAC. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the EU