Recommended Annual Instruction Time in Full-time Compulsory Education in Europe – 2016/17

The Eurydice report examines the recommended minimum instruction time in full-time compulsory general education in 2016/17 in 42 European education systems. It includes national diagrams illustrating the data by country and by subject.

The comparative overview examines the policy changes that have taken place over the last year regarding the recommended annual instruction time and its distribution across subjects. It pays special attention to several subjects which are currently of particular interest at European level: reading, writing and literature, maths, natural sciences, other languages and physical education and health. For maths and natural sciences, it compares the minimum recommended by education authorities with the instruction time reported by teachers and students in TIMSS and PISA surveys.