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What is the OECD Schools+ Network?

Meeting the challenges of the 21st Century means that schools must be empowered to play a more central and active role in leading improvements in education. 

To support this, Schools+ will bring together major education networks to put schools at the centre of education design. Schools+ participants will unite around three core objectives:

  •  Foster exchangeto provide a space for education networks to learn with and from each other on the leading practices to   support schools.
  •  Drive structured learning & innovationto advance schools’ knowledge by identifying grassroots innovations and facilitating   co-creation and evidence generation on common pressing challenges.
  •  Inform policyto leverage schools’ innovations and expertise to better inform education policy across countries.


What will Schools+ achieve?

 As a ‘network of networks’, Schools+ will bring together education experts, school leaders and teachers from across the globe to respond to common challenges and inspire advances in classrooms, schools and policies.

During 2023 and 2024, Schools+ participating networks will join forces to examine new approaches to classroom practice and will:

  •  Create connections within a new Global Community, providing opportunities for peer-learning and exchange, as well as shaping the global learning agenda.
  •  Gather schools in a learning circleto co-create practical solutions to pressing common challenges and co-develop new resources that help set global standards.
  •  Collect and showcase schools’ promising practices in an open online platform that synthesizes and disseminates new school-level evidence, innovation and learning.
  •  Shape the global education conversation and policy through a new Schools’ Outlook Report and a Global Schools’ Council.

Who are the participants?

Participants in Schools+ will consist of large education networks and organisations. This can include governments, teachers, teacher and school leader representative organisations, existing school networks, evidence brokerage organisations, and organisations supporting education development such as philanthropic foundations and international organisations. Participants will include countries and organisations in both developed and developing economies. 

Participants will be united by common interests and activities, including:                                     

  • Working closely with primary and/or secondary schools.
  • Fostering innovative practices generated within school communities.
  • Strongly committed to evidence generation and dissemination.
  • Aiming to spur system-level changes to enhance students’ learning and well-being.
  • Being passionate about sharing experiences with others globally.


Figure demonstrating the GTI Schools+ Participants

Register for the official launch

On 22 May, join us for Schools as drivers of innovation, the launch event of the OECD Schools+ Network. This new network will connect inspiring schools and organisations around the world, as they share and scale new approaches and positive changes in education. During the interactive panel discussions, schools experts, leading thinkers and innovators will be coming together to explore:

  • The current state of education and aspirations for cross-border learning and collaboration between schools
  • How networks are creating powerful ecosystems of education practitioners to learn, collaborate and share innovations, opportunities and challenges
  • How generative artificial intelligence, like ChatGPT, is transforming teaching and learning, and how it will shape a new learning agenda.

To register for the meeting and see the agenda, visit here.

The work of Schools+ is being guided by an informal Advisory Group consisting of founding participants, notably the representatives of Education International, the International Confederation of Principals, the European School Heads Association, SUMMA, UNESCO, the Governments of France and Portugal and the Jacobs and LEGO Foundations.

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