Nearly half of primary teachers in Germany, Sweden and Italy are aged over 50
At primary level, teaching is dominated by women, with on average 86% of primary teachers in 2009 being women in the EU27. More than 95% of primary teachers were women in the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Lithuania and Hungary. Only in Denmark (69%), Spain and Luxembourg (both 74%) was the share below three quarters.
On average across the EU27 in 2009, 29% of primary teachers were aged over 50. The proportion of teachers in this age group was particularly high in Germany (49%), Sweden (48%) and Italy (45%). The lowest shares of teachers aged over 50 were recorded in Cyprus (3%), Poland (13%) and Slovenia (18%).
92% of children in pre-primary education in the EU27 in 2009
In the EU27 in 2009, 92% of children from 4 years old to the starting age of compulsory education participated in early childhood (pre-primary) education, compared with 86% in 2000. In 2009, 95% or more of children in this age group attended pre-primary education in eleven Member States, already meeting the 2020 education and training benchmark. In addition, significant progress towards the benchmark level was observed in Latvia (from 65% to 90%), Cyprus (from 65% to 86%), Lithuania (from 61% to 80%), Finland (from 55% to 72%), Romania (68% to 82%) and Poland (from 58% to 71%).