Running parallel to the main phases of the division's programme, the following reference texts were adopted by the various organs of the Council of Europe (Committee of Ministers, Parliamentary Assembly, Standing Conference of European Ministers of Education, Summits of Heads of States and Government of the Council of Europe).

These texts either served as guidelines for the division's work, or, sometimes, came about as a result of the work of the division. They too reflect the historical and social changes that took place over the years and that have influenced the work of the whole directorate of Education.