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  • 26-June-2017

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    The Funding of School Education

    This report on The Funding of School Education constitutes the first of three thematic comparative reports bringing together findings from the OECD’s School Resources Review. School systems have limited financial resources with which to pursue their objectives and the design of school funding policies plays a key role in ensuring that resources are directed to where they can make the most difference. As OECD school systems have become more complex and characterised by multi-level governance, a growing set of actors are increasingly involved in financial decision-making. This requires designing funding allocation models that are aligned to a school system’s governance structures, linking budget planning procedures at different levels to shared educational goals and evaluating the use of school funding to hold decision-makers accountable and ensure that resources are used effectively and equitably.

  • 13-June-2017

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    Starting Strong V - Transitions from Early Childhood Education and Care to Primary Education

    The transition from early childhood education to primary school is a big step for all children, and a step which more and more children are having to take. Quality transitions are well-prepared and child-centred, managed by trained staff collaborating with one another, and guided by an appropriate and aligned curriculum. They enhance the likelihood that the positive impacts of early learning and care will last through primary school and beyond.  While transition policies have been on the agenda of many countries over the past decade, little research has been done into how OECD countries design, implement, manage and monitor transitions. Filling these gaps is important for designing early years’ policies that are coherent, equitable and sustainable.

    This report takes stock of and compares the situation across 30 OECD and partner countries, drawing on in-depth country reports and a questionnaire on transition policies and practices. It focuses on the organisation and governance of transitions; and the policies and strategies to ensure professional, pedagogical and developmental continuity between early childhood education and care settings and schools. The report describes the main policy challenges highlighted by participating countries, along with a wealth of practical strategies for tackling them. The publication concludes with six “cross-cutting” pointers to guide future policy development.

  • 31-May-2017

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    Engaging Employers in Apprenticeship Opportunities

    This joint OECD-ILO publication provides guidance on how local and regional governments can foster business-education partnerships in apprenticeship programmes and other types of work-based learning, drawing on case studies across nine countries. There has been increasing interest in apprenticeships which combine on the job training with classroom-based study, providing a smooth transition from school to work. There are benefits to both individuals and employers from participating in apprenticeships, including increased productivity and job quality. Successful implementation is contingent on having a high level of employer engagement at the local level, notably in the design, development and delivery of programmes.

  • 24-May-2017

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    Register for the free Q&A Webinar - New Data from PISA on Students’ Financial Literacy with Andreas Schleicher, Director of the OECD Directorate for Education and Skills. (Wednesday, 24 May, at 13:00 Paris time)

    Over the past decades, developed and emerging countries and economies have become increasingly concerned about the level of financial literacy of their citizens, particularly among young people.

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  • 24-May-2017

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    PISA 2015 Results (Volume IV) - Students' Financial Literacy

    The OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) examines not just what students know in science, reading and mathematics, but what they can do with what they know. Results from PISA show educators and policy makers the quality and equity of learning outcomes achieved elsewhere, and allow them to learn from the policies and practices applied in other countries. PISA 2015 Results (Volume IV): Students’ Financial Literacy, is one of five volumes that present the results of the PISA 2015 survey, the sixth round of the triennial assessment. It explores students’ experience with and knowledge about money and provides an overall picture of 15-year-olds’ ability to apply their accumulated knowledge and skills to real-life situations involving financial issues and decisions.

    Over the past decades, developed and emerging countries and economies have become increasingly concerned about the level of financial literacy of their citizens, particularly among young people. This initially stemmed from concern about the potential impact of shrinking public and private welfare systems, shifting demographics, including the ageing of the population in many countries, and the increased sophistication and expansion of financial services. Many young people face financial decisions and are consumers of financial services in this evolving context. As a result, financial literacy is now globally recognised as an essential life skill.

  • 24-May-2017

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    Launch: OECD PISA financial literacy assessment of students

    24 May 2017: The OECD will release the newest PISA 2015 volume which assesses the financial literacy competencies of 15-year-old students’ in 15 countries.

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  • 17-May-2017

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    Knowing and actively debating why, the heart of every policy (OECD Education Today Blog)

    What makes some of the largest companies in the world successful? According to consultant Simon Sinek in a very popular TedTalk it is because they start with the ‘why’.

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  • 15-May-2017

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    Who benefits when international students pay higher tuition fees? (OECD Education Today Blog)

    In 2014, over 3 million students in OECD countries – more than double the amount in 2000 – were studying outside their country of citizenship.

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  • 15-May-2017

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    Education Indicators in Focus No. 51 - Tuition fee reforms and international mobility

    In most countries with available data, public educational institutions charge different tuition fees for national and foreign students enrolled in the same programme. In Australia, Austria, Canada, New Zealand and the United States, foreign students pay on average about twice or more the tuition fees charged to national students.

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  • 12-May-2017

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    We must invest in the transformational power of higher education

    Despite people’s perceptions of us, we economists are neither futurologists, nor historians. But we do see trends that we try to interpret, by applying objectivity where subjectivity abounds, and using the (rather few) tools we have developed to address (very many) major social problems.

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