Edition: Lublin 2013
Poland’s education reforms are an interesting case study of the Europeanisation process the country has undergone since joining the EU in 2004. The EU has made education the centre-piece of a European-wide knowledge economy strategy and Poland has maximised its policy transition, which has resulted in increasing youth attainment and significant improvement in international achievement tests. As Poland has recognised the EU’s education and skill templates as significant models and has applied their standards into deep reforms in education system, it has altered not only its governance structures so that they could correspond with those of the EU, but also the traditional and national distinctive elements of its education system. Confidence in the EU and the uncritical adoption of the EU’s neoliberal approach to education that consecutive Polish governments have accepted may need reassessing.