The Dutch education system and the skills of the Dutch population are very strong overall. But there are concerns that too many people in the Netherlands are not developing the “right” skills to succeed or taking sufficient responsibility for maintaining and further developing their skills in adulthood.
How can the Netherlands move its school system “from good to great”? This report draws on international experience to look at ways in which the strong Dutch school system might go further still on the path to excellence. Clearly the Dutch school system is one of the best in the OECD, as measured by PISA and PIAAC and is also equitable, with a very low proportion of poor performers. The report therefore proposes an incremental approach to reform, building on strengths while responding to some emerging challenges. The Netherlands should strengthen the quality of early childhood education and care, revisit policies related to early tracking with more objective testing and track decisions, and enhance the permeability of the system. It should develop the professionalism of teachers and school leaders through enhanced collective learning and working, while at the same time strengthening accountability and capacity in school boards. This report will be valuable not only for the Netherlands, but also to the many other education systems looking to raise their performance who are interested in the example of the Netherlands.
Le système éducatif néerlandais est l’un des plus performants des pays de l’OCDE, mais pour relever encore les niveaux, des réformes supplémentaires seront nécessaires afin d’améliorer les services d’éducation et de soins de la petite enfance, réduire les risques d’orientation précoce, développer le professionnalisme des enseignants tout au long du cycle de vie.
Vocational education and training (VET) programmes are facing rapid change and intensifying challenges. How can employers and unions be engaged? How can workbased learning be used? How can teachers and trainers be effectively prepared? How should postsecondary programmes be structured? This country report on the Netherlands looks at these and other questions.
Vocational education and training (VET) programmes are facing rapid change and intensifying challenges. How can employers and unions be engaged? This country report on the Netherlands looks at these and other questions.
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Not only have the Dutch achieved high levels of education, they also rank among the most skilled.
The Secretary-General, Mr. Angel Gurría, will visit The Netherlands on 13th and 14th of March 2013, to attend the 2013 International Summit on the Teaching Profession. He will also go to The Hague and hold a bilateral meeting with Mr. Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Finance Minister.
Les pouvoirs publics devraient investir davantage dans les établissements et les élèves défavorisés afin de promouvoir l’égalité des chances, selon un nouveau rapport de l’OCDE.
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This PISA report presents the performance of Dutch 15-year-olds in reading, mathematics and science, and compares them with the results for students from 31 other countries.