The COVID-19 pandemic has seriously impacted education systems in Europe. It posed challenges for learners, teachers, school leaders, parents and families, affecting the educational community as a whole. School closures all over the continent and the prolonged confinement of families to their homes have changed the way we work, live and learn together in a profound way. Even though the crisis challenged us in many ways and caused considerable trauma for many learners, it also helped us to better understand key aspects of quality education that should be considered in the future. In this regard, we have identified 7 lessons for policy reform, school governance and teaching that can be learned from the COVID-19 pandemic.