June 2015

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OECD Education and Skills Newsletter
Bringing you the highlights from the OECD Directorate for Education and Skills

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The second issue of our newsletter for 2015 delivers to you the key education findings and policy directions emerging from recent OECD analysis in a single accessible free source.

Young people are our future: invest in their skills
A new report, Universal Basic Skills: What Countries Stand to Gain, offers a stunning argument for improving the quality of schooling around the world. The report, presented at the World Education Forum in Incheon, Republic of Korea, on 21 May, shows how even modest improvements in the quality of education by 2030 could generate more wealth by the end of this century than is spent on primary and secondary schools today. And as the OECD Skills Outlook 2015: Youth, Skills and Employability makes clear, those improvements couldn’t come too soon. As the book reports, more than 35 million 16-29 year-olds across OECD countries are neither employed nor in education or training. In fact, young people are twice as likely as prime-age workers to be unemployed. Too many young people are not acquiring the skills they need to make a smooth transition from education to the work place; and many of the young people who do manage to find work are not using the skills they acquired during their schooling. Young people are best integrated into the labour market when education systems and employers work together to help young people match their skills to prospective jobs.

News roundup

World Education Forum
A transformative vision for education over the next 15 years was adopted at the World Education Forum at Incheon, Republic of Korea, on 21 May. The OECD report Universal Basic Skills presented at Incheon shows that even in OECD countries, modest improvements in the quality of schooling would generate more wealth than the total amount we spend on our schools today.

Work based learning
The OECD has launched a study on work-based learning in vocational education and training that aims to deliver policy messages about how to use work-based learning to achieve better economic and social outcomes. To find out more visit the website.

OECD Skills Strategy Country Report: Portugal
This diagnostic report identifies 12 skills challenges for Portugal distilled from four interactive diagnostic workshops held in 2014 with a wide range of stakeholders. It uses evidence from the OECD, the European Commission and national sources, to shed further light on these challenges, and offers concrete examples of how other countries are tackling similar skills issues.

Trends Shaping Education Spotlight
Education plays an important role in ensuring that women and men have the same opportunities in their personal and professional lives, through formal schooling, shaping attitudes and transforming behaviours. Yet old stereotypes die hard, and gender still plays a role in a number of ways. This Spotlight takes a look at the issues both in society and in the educational field itself.

Improving Schools in Sweden: An OECD Perspective
This report proposes a comprehensive education reform for Sweden, designed to bring about system-wide change, and equity and quality in its school system. From an international perspective, it examines the challenges facing the Swedish school system, while also analysing its strengths.

Just Published

OECD Skills Outlook 2015: Youth, Skills and Employability
The OECD Skills Outlook 2015 shows how improving the employability of youth requires a comprehensive approach. The publication, which builds on the results of the 2012 Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), also presents examples of successful policies in selected countries.

Universal Basic Skills: What Countries Stand to Gain
Using projections based on data from OECD PISA and other international student assessments, this report offers a glimpse of the economic and social benefits that all countries, regardless of their national wealth, stand to gain if they ensure that every child has access to education.
Schools for 21st-Century Learners: Strong Leaders, Confident Teachers, Innovative Approaches
This report summarises evidence from the OECD TALIS and PISA surveys that underpinned the three themes of the 2015 International Summit on the Teaching Profession: school leadership, teachers’ self-efficacy and innovation in education.
Forthcoming Events

14-15 October 2015, Singapore
OECD Institutional Management in Higher Education (IMHE) Conference on Higher Education Futures

19-20 October 2015, Helsinki
Ministerial Global Education Industry Summit

24 November 2015, Paris
International launch of annual Education at a Glance 2015: OECD Indicators

Policy Papers

PISA in Focus
• What do parents look for in their child’s school?
• Do teacher-student relations affect students' well-being at school?
• What lies behind gender inequality in education?

Education Indicators in Focus
• How is the global talent pool changing (2013, 2030)?
• Education and employment


Compare your country: Skills Outlook 2015

• OECD Education GPS
• PISA International Database
• Education at a Glance raw data

Global perspectives on Education

Education post-2015 by Andreas Schleicher, Director, Directorate for Education and Skills

Are efficient schools more inclusive? by Tommaso Agasisti, Thomas J. Alexander Fellow, Directorate Education for Skills

How Sweden’s school system can regain its old strength by Andreas Schleicher, Director, Directorate for Education and Skills

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Interactive viz GDP increase if all 15 yr olds achieved #UniversalBasicSkills @BBCWorld click here
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Where is #student #well-being considered as important as their grades? #OECDPISA click here

View the PowerPoint presentation on Skills Outlook 2015 by Andreas Schleicher, Director, Directorate of Education and Skills.
Working Papers

• The educational roots of trust
• Towards the development of contextual questionnaires for the PISA for development study
• The Efficiency of Secondary Schools in an International Perspective
• Supporting teachers and schools to promote positive student behaviour in England and Ontario (Canada)
• Examining school context and its influence on teachers

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