Italy

The presented data comes from EURYPEDIA.

The education system in Italy is organised according to the subsidiary principle and autonomy of schools. The State has exclusive competence on general issues on education, on minimum standards to be guaranteed throughout the country and on the fundamental principles that Regions should comply with within their competences. Regions share their competences with the State on education issues while they have exclusive competence on vocational education and training. Schools are autonomous as for didactic, organisation and research and development activities.

ECEC for children aged less than 3 years is managed at local level and it is not part of the education system. ECEC for children aged from 3 to 6 years is part of the education system and it is not compulsory.

Compulsory education lasts for 10 years (from 6 to 16 years of age). It covers 5 years of primary school, 3 years of lower secondary school and the first two years of upper secondary school. Compulsory education can be accomplished also by attending three and four-year courses offered within the regional vocational education and training system. The upper secondary level of education has a duration of 5 years and it is offered in both general and vocational pathways.

Higher education is offered by both universities and the High level arts and music education system. This level of education is organized, according to the Bologna Process, in a three-year first cycle followed by a two-year second cycle.

For a brief description of all education levels and of specific topics, (e.g.  teacher training and working conditions, special needs education, adult education, etc.), please read the Eurydice National System Overview

While Eurypedia provides comprehensive and comparable information on the Italian education system, further information may also be found on the website of the Ministry of education, university and research (Miur), the National agency for the development of school autonomy (Ansas), the National institute foe the evaluation of the education system (Invalsi) and the Institute for the development of professional training of workers (Isfol).


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Mikolaj Sobocinski,
May 9, 2012, 3:33 PM
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Mikolaj Sobocinski,
May 11, 2012, 10:13 AM
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