Effective Learning Environments (ELE)

The OECD’s longstanding programme of work on Effective Learning Environments (ELE) explores innovative solutions for educational facilities, develops tools for evaluation, offers guidance on earthquake safety and promotes international policy dialogue.


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The OECD’s work on Effective Learning Environments (ELE) aims to improve how learning environments can most efficiently support the pedagogies, curriculum, assessment and organisational forms necessary to develop students’ capacities for the 21st century.

The Learning Environments Evaluation Programme (LEEP) was launched in 2013 to develop instruments and analyses to inform school leaders, researchers, designers, policymakers and others about how investments in learning environments translate into improved education, health, social and well-being outcomes.

What does LEEP do?

LEEP seeks to develop the evidence base for how the physical learning environment impacts learning through the continuous development and implementation of the OECD School User Survey: Improving Learning Spaces Together.

LEEP aims to create best practice guidelines to assist OECD countries in developing physical learning environments that meet the needs of 21st century learning and teaching while guiding investment decisions to make more effective and efficient use of available resources.

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Call for Case Studies

The template facilitates the collection of case studies on how schools  are transforming from traditional teaching-led learning environments supported by conventional school building design to innovative pedagogical approaches supported by responsive spatial environments.


OECD School User Survey

This unique OECD tool consists of three self-assessment questionnaires designed for students, teachers and school leaders. They can be used to collect and triangulate evidence on the actual use of learning spaces, as well as to solicit user perspectives.



On average, students in OECD countries spend 7538 hours in school buildings. Therefore it’s vital to ensure the spaces are designed for effective learning, which is where the OECD School User Survey can help.


The OECD’s work on Effective Learning Environments (ELE) is overseen by the OECD Group of National Experts on Effective Learning Environments (GNEELE), composed of experts nominated by OECD Member countries.
Current members:


The following organisations also have observer status on the OECD GNEELE: World Bank, Council of Europe Development Bank, European Investment Bank, UNESCO and UNICEF.