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Responsive School Systems

Connecting Facilities, Sectors and Programmes for Student Success

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This report on Responsive School Systems is the second in a series of thematic comparative reports bringing together findings from the OECD’s School Resources Review. Evolving educational objectives, changing student needs and demographic developments require school systems to be highly responsive to new patterns of demand and adapt their provision accordingly. The organisation of school facilities, sectors and programmes plays a key role in doing so and in providing students with a high-quality education where they need it. The report aims to assist governments in organising school infrastructures and services to achieve their education policy objectives and to ensure that resources are used effectively and equitably. It offers a systematic analysis of the governance of school networks, their adaption to demographic changes and student needs in urban, rural and remote areas, as well as the vertical and horizontal co-ordination of education services to improve students’ transitions.

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Co-ordinating educational levels and sectors to improve student trajectories

This chapter analyses how the vertical and horizontal co-ordination of the educational offer can improve students’ trajectories and contribute to greater efficiency. First, it discusses the co-ordination of years and levels of education and the challenges that arise from barriers to students’ vertical progression. These include year repetition, early school leaving and unsuccessful transitions beyond secondary education. The chapter then analyses the horizontal co-ordination of parallel sectors and programmes. It focuses on inequities and inefficiencies that arise from the duplication or fragmentation of services and from the insufficient co-ordination of general and vocational, mainstream and special needs pathways. The chapter concludes with a set of policy options to address these challenges.

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