Centre pour la Recherche et l'Innovation dans l'Enseignement - CERI

CERI Conference on Innovation, Governance and Reform in Education


Paris, 3-5 November 2014


Live Webcast and Twitter

The opening session was webcast live on Monday, 3 November. Follow us on Twitter #OECDCERI. 



OECD economies have experienced a rapid transformation from industrial to knowledge-based systems. As a result, education is sometimes perceived as losing the race with technology and the soaring skills demand of 21st century economies and the many social changes of contemporary globalised societies. At the same time, significant reform is often difficult, in part because actual teaching and learning are far removed from direct policy influence and in part because education systems have become increasingly complex. The evidence qualifies the image of education as being inherently innovation-averse with innovation certainly not yet systemic and often happening only in isolated pockets.


This conference brought together cutting-edge work and leading players to discuss the core concerns facing leaders and policy-makers with regard to innovation, governance and reform in education. It deepened understanding of the transversal themes of systemic complexity, fostering trust, and promising approaches to accountability and evaluation in contexts of innovation that might help forge new policy directions.


Within OECD/CERI, there is a very rich body of analysis and expert networks to draw on. The following four bodies of analysis were brought together:


  • Governing Complex Education Systems (GCES), exploring new forms of governance, bringing in multiple school accountability, knowledge mobilisation, complexity theory, and trust.

  • Innovation strategy (IS) has built up a detailed understanding on what can be done to make education systems more innovative.

  • Innovative Learning Environments (ILE), especially its third and final strand on ‘Implementation and Change’.

  • Innovative Teaching for Effective Learning (ITEL) on how teaching is innovating and improving learning outcomes and is clarifying the nature of teacher professionalism in the 21st century.


In addition to these different strands of CERI analyses, the conference drew on OECD work and expertise from outside CERI, and indeed outside education altogether. It thus related to other streams such as education policy-making and strategies for skills development, and joined up to key findings from other parts of the Organisation.  


The objectives were to 


  • Consider a substantial body of newly-completed, forward-looking international analyses on innovation and governance in education, and identify their implications for reform.

  • Explore important transversal themes (including complexity, accountability and innovation, trust, evidence, evaluating innovations, professionalism, the transnational dimension) that can best be understood from diverse perspectives.

  • Clarify the nature of learning systems and how they can be created and governed, including but extending well beyond formal education provision.

 To address these questions, the conference allowed for the active exchange of all participants in a series of plenary and smaller seminar sessions.


Keynote Speakers
  • Lord David Puttnam, Award-winning film producer, influential in education with leading roles in the UK National Teaching Awards, the General Teaching Council, UNICEF UK, and Open University Chancellor



 Session 1: Welcome and Opening


Session 3.a Key Transversal Themes: Knowledge-intensive Governance, Innovation and Change


Session 3.b Key Transversal Themes: The Challenge of Complexity: Rethinking Relationships and Approaches


Session 4. Innovation in a Global Context: A Keynote Address


Session 3.c Key Transversal Themes: The Digital Revolution? Impact on Educational Innovation, Reform and Governance


Session 3.d Key Transversal Themes: 21st Century Pedagogies: Making Change Happen


Session 5.a Innovation Strategy for Education and Training (IS) – Fostering an Innovation Eco-system


Session 5.b Innovative Teaching for Effective Learning (ITEL) – Changing Classrooms, Changing Teacher Knowledge


Session 5.d Governing Complex Education Systems (GCES) – Modern Governance Challenges


Session 6.a Major Trends


Session 6.b The Role of “Big Data”


Session 7. Main Messages and Conclusions


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