Lord Triesman will attend the Education Council on 15 November, representing both DIUS and DCSF interests. The agenda items are as follows:
Ministers are expected to reach political agreement on the proposed European Qualifications Framework, following amendments agreed with the European Parliament. These amendments are in line with the General Approach which was agreed at a previous Council.
Ministers will be asked to adopt Conclusions on improving the quality of teacher education. These are aimed at improving both teacher training and the qualifications required by teachers, which are not formalised in many European countries. The UK is content with the text.
Ministers are expected to adopt Resolutions on “New skills for new jobs” and on “Education and training as a key driver of the Lisbon Strategy”. These emphasise the importance of skills in the knowledge economy, and the role of education and training in achieving the Lisbon goals. The education and skills contribution to the Lisbon Agenda will be further discussed at an informal ministerial lunch.
It is expected that a General Approach will be agreed on the extension of the Erasmus Mundus Higher Education programme from 2009-2014. The UK supports this text. There will be an exchange of views on promoting the mobility of students, in particular regarding support; for students from less favourable socio-economic backgrounds.
There will also be an exchange of views on an Action Plan to promote multilingualism, and on a Resolution on modernising universities for Europe's global competitiveness. This Resolution is to be finalised at the Competitiveness Council on 22-23 November.