Centre for Effective Learning Environments (CELE)


  • Join CELE LEEP and share good practice in effective learning environments

    LEEP is the Learning Environments Evaluation Programme (LEEP). LEEP builds on the important work of OECD Centre for Effective Learning Environments (CELE) by producing instruments and analysis that inform school leaders, researchers, policymakers and others about how investments in the learning environment, including the physical learning environment and technologies, translate into improved education, health, social and well-being outcomes, leading to more efficient use of education resources.

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NEW Urban Primary School Design Competition in Ireland

The Department of Education and Skills in Ireland has just announced a design competition for a new primary school in an urban setting. Click on this link for more information, including registration details.

 ABCD Genova Education Fair

Inaugural opening of the ABCD Education Fair Genova 2014, 5 November 2014

Hosted by INDIRE, with the support of OECD, this event was a forum for government officials, architects and international experts on education and innovation to present future plans for Italy’s schools in the presence of representatives from Italy’s regions, municipalities, professional associations of teachers and school leaders, and associations of parents and student councils. For more information on Prime Minister Renzi's extensive school building programme in Italy involving 21 230 interventions in school buildings in 2014-15 and an investment of EUR billion 1.094, click on this link.

LEEP conceptual framework

How can the physical learning environment – an influential element in the complex and highly contextualised nature of learning – most effectively support the pedagogies, curriculum, assessment and organisational forms necessary to develop students’ capacities for the 21st century? This paper presents the conceptual underpinnings, research base, research questions and implementation of CELE’s new project.

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An International Ideas Seminar: Primary Schools for 21st Century Learners, 7 March 2014, Dublin, Ireland

Organised by the Department of Education and Skills in Ireland, with the participation of the OECD Centre for Effective Learning Environments (CELE), to announce the successful projects for the Primary School Design Competition. Winning projects can be found on the RIAI web site here. See also seminar Agenda.

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Improving Education in Mexico: A State-level Perspective from Puebla
This new report analyses the major challenges facing the education system, current policy initiatives and innovative practices in the state of Puebla in Mexico, including the planning, funding and use of school infrastructure (see Chapter 5 by Alastair Blyth).

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Understanding School Building Policy and Practice  in the Flemish Community of Belgium
OECD Education Working Paper No. 92
This paper describes a conceptual framework that can be used to interpret the general policy issues driving the design, construction, maintenance and evaluation of school buildings in Belgium’s Flemish Community.


Enhancing University Competitiveness through Educational Facilities
This report summarises discussions at an international conference on this topic  held in Seoul in June, 2012. www.cele2012korea.com


Upgrading School Buildings in Mexico with Social Participation
This report presents a CELE review conducted in 2012 on Mexico’s Better Schools Programme, which was created to repair and improve the physical infrastructure of 16 000 schools providing basic education in Mexico.



Video for “Designing for Education
This video showcases the top 6 facilities in CELE’s flagship publication “Designing for Education: Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities 2011”.




Modernising Secondary School Buildings in Portugal
This policy review presents a CELE review of a major programme by the Portuguese government to rehabilitate secondary schools in Portugal.




Standardised Design for School: Old solution, new context?
This short report from a CELE members-only webinar presents experiences using standardised design for schools in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Ireland, Mexico and Portugal.