The Eurydice data collection on taught time targets the recommended compulsory curriculum by grades/stages for full time compulsory education. The intended curriculum, its goals, structure, subjects and the notional workload for students can be based on regulations or standards defined by central (or top-level) education authorities or may be established as a set of recommendations at regional level. In some countries steering documents only include information of main goals of the national framework curriculum and delegate the taught time allocation to regional/local authorities or to the discretion of individual schools. In the present data collection, all these sources of information are used to complement the time allocation between subjects and/or educational stages.
The recommended compulsory curriculum can be composed by a compulsory core curriculum and a compulsory flexible curriculum. The compulsory core curriculum normally includes the subjects or study domains that must be studied by all students. At certain levels of study students can make choices between a group of subjects and in these cases the corresponding taught time is indicated as Core curriculum options. On the other hand, the compulsory flexible curriculum is the part of the curriculum that can be devoted to various subjects selected by the school or the student but still included in the total compulsory time for student instruction. In all these cases a country specific note alerts the reader aboutthe precise subject allocation.
. Download "A report targeting the recommended compulsory curriculum by grades/stages for full-time compulsory education: - 2012/13".