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Education Policy Outlook 2015

Making Reforms Happen

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The Education Policy Outlook is designed to help education policy makers with reform choices. It addresses the need for improvement in education in a comparative manner, while taking into account the importance of national context. Through a review of different countries’ experiences in implementing education reform, the publication offers directions and strategies to facilitate future changes.

Given different national contexts, individual countries’ reform challenges cannot be simply transposed into a different country or system. Nevertheless, countries face many similar challenges and implement reforms in similar areas. The 2015 edition of the Education Policy Outlook provides a comparative review of policy trends. It explores specific reforms adopted across the OECD over the past seven years to help countries learn from one another and choose the reforms best adapted to their needs and context.

The Education Policy Outlook will be of interest to policy makers, analysts and education practitioners alike.

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Ensuring constructive co-operation with employers

This chapter presents employers’ views on education policies and their engagement in policy making. The chapter draws on responses from employer representative organisations from 27 countries to a survey conducted in 2013 by the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC). The chapter reports on the education policy areas in which employers seek further actions to better meet their needs, such as improving student career guidance and vocational education and training. It also reviews the potential channels for employers’ engagement in education policy making, such as participation in multi-stakeholder bodies, consultation processes and informal dialogue, and presents recommendations on ways to improve co-operation with the private sector on education policy.

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