Teacher Ready! The State of Play in Initial Teacher Preparation
Following the official launch of the TALIS Initial Teacher Preparation Study in Paris in January 2016, a new series of reviews of policy and practice is being launched in 10 countries. The first report from the study entitled Teacher Ready! The State of Play in Initial Teacher Preparation will be released later in 2016.
TALIS Global Video Library
Enhancing Higher Education System Performance
The TALIS International video study of teaching practices will pilot methodologies to capture real teaching practices and examines the analytical insights from such data. The pilot video study got off to a start with 8 participating countries and economies.
Our work on higher education is made up of two separate but interrelated strands of work: benchmarking higher education system performance and the in-depth analysis of higher education topics. The first topic of analysis is the labour market relevance and outcomes of higher education systems. From 2017, countries will be able to choose to participate in one or both of these strands of work, according to their national priorities.
Building Skills for All: A Review of England
Building Skills for All - A Review of England was published on 28 January 2016. The review is part of a study that is exploring key skills challenges emerging from The Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) that aims to advance policy recommendations designed to improve basic skills and their utilization.
Skills beyond School
A Skills beyond School review of the Slovak Republic examines the provision vocational education and training, and identifies five key challenges that it faces, including: the limited provision of work-based learning opportunities for vocational students; the lack of postsecondary vocational pathways; a lack of data on key labour market outcomes; the need to develop the vocational teaching workforce; the improved integration of disadvantaged groups and youth at risk; and the challenge of improving basic skills among vocational learners.
At a seminar held in London in February organised by the OECD and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, 50 participants from nine countries exchanged a host of ideas and innovations on how work-based learning schemes can balance the different interests of employers and trainees while maximising productivity benefits. The seminar is part of a wider OECD project, which focuses on different topics in work-based learning for which a report is due to be published in May 2016. Further workshops and seminars will take place between April and September 2016.
OECD Reviews of School Resources
An OECD Review of Schools Resources on the Slovak Republic was published in February which analyses how resources can be used to improve the quality, equity and efficiency of school education. The OECD recommends a range of strategies which include: continuing efforts to increase public spending on school education; further consolidating the school network; developing capacity for inclusive education in order to improve equity outcomes; and improving the use of human resources on the school system. OECD Reviews of School Resources for Estonia and Lithuania will be the next to be released in 2016.
Thomas J. Alexander Fellowship
We are pleased to announce the awards for the Thomas J. Alexander Fall 2015 Call for Proposals: Denise Reis Costa (Brazil), Ellen Boeren (Scotland). The next call for proposals will run from 28 March to 23 May 2016.