Schools at the Crossroads of Innovation in Cities and Regions

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Many people would not consider schools among the most innovative institutions of modern societies. This perception is not entirely accurate, since education is innovating in many ways in order to meet the demands of the 21st century economies and societies. But teachers and schools cannot do it alone. They should be seen as actors and partners in broader ecosystems of innovation and learning at the local and regional levels. Schools are networking organisations, making important contributions to the regional economy and local community. Businesses, industry, organisations and communities can help and support schools, and can also benefit from their roles in learning, knowledge development and innovation.

This report serves as the background report to the third Global Education Industry Summit which was held on 25-26 September 2017 in Luxembourg. On the basis of recent OECD analysis, it discusses innovation in education, schools driving progress and well-being in communities, the role of industry and employers in supporting schools and suggests policies towards better ecosystems of learning and innovation. The report argues for better networking and partnerships between schools, regional industries and local communities.



Local economy supporting schools

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation

This chapter looks the role of employers in innovation and some of the most important ways that they can engage in education and support schools. It outlines the benefits of employers being involved in vocational education and training (VET), particularly through work-based learning which offers students a high-quality real world learning environment, and improves labour market outcomes for employers and employees. It considers the key factors for successful VET systems, including the involvement of employers and trades unions, and effective local implementation. It goes on to consider enterprises as learning organisations themselves and the relationship between firms which put learning at the centre of their organisation, and levels of innovation and lifelong learning more widely. Finally it discusses the engagement of employers in education policy making and their priorities for education reform.


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