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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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Governing the school network

This chapter describes the different actors involved in governing the school network, the roles and responsibilities they assume in different OECD and partner countries, and how their relationships affect the school network’s capacity to meet demand for high-quality education. The chapter maps out steering and co-ordination mechanisms that can facilitate the strategic planning of school networks at the central as well as the regional and local levels. It also analyses challenges in aligning the development of the school network with infrastructural funding mechanisms. The chapter concludes by exploring a range of policy options to enhance the effective governance of school networks across levels of government.

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