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OECD Reviews of School Resources: Flemish Community of Belgium 2015

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The effective use of school resources is a policy priority across OECD countries. The OECD Reviews of School Resources explore how resources can be governed, distributed, utilised and managed to improve the quality, equity and efficiency of school education.

The series considers four types of resources: financial resources, such as public funding of individual schools; human resources, such as teachers, school leaders and education administrators; physical resources, such as location, buildings and equipment; and other resources such as learning time.

This series offers timely policy advice to both governments and the education community. It includes both country reports and thematic studies.

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Executive summary

The Flemish Community shows strong overall achievements in international student assessments, with both a high share of top performers and a small proportion of low performers. But international assessment results also confirm the persistence of profound inequities within the Flemish school system, with socio-economic factors influencing students’ educational trajectories and achievements. Paying attention to equity challenges will remain highly relevant in the context of current demographic growth and shifting enrolment patterns. The Flemish school age population is increasing, but not all parts of the Flemish Community are affected by demographic changes to the same degree. While urban areas are characterised by an above average and growing share of immigrants and young people, some rural areas are experiencing declining student enrolments, which results in the demand for places being unequal across the system.

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