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International Summit on the Teaching Profession
Equity, Excellence and Inclusiveness in Education
Policy Lessons from Around the World
Andreas Schleicher . Published by : OECD Publishing , Publication date:  23 Jul 2014
Pages: 112 , Language: English
Version: Print (Paperback) + PDF
ISBN: 9789264211377 , OECD Code: 912014031P1
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Excellence in education without equity risks leading to large economic and social disparities; equity in education at the expense of quality is a meaningless aspiration. The most advanced education systems now set ambitious goals for all students, focusing on both excellence and equity. They also equip their teachers with the pedagogic skills that have been proven effective and with enough autonomy so that teachers can use their own creativity in determining the content and instruction they provide to their individual students.

The fourth International Summit on the Teaching Profession brought together education ministers, union leaders and other teacher leaders from high-performing and rapidly improving education systems, as measured by PISA (the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment ). Their aim was to discuss equity, excellence and inclusiveness in education by exploring three questions:

How are high-quality teachers developed, and how do schools with the greatest need attract and retain them?

How can equity be ensured in increasingly devolved education systems? and

What kinds of learning environments address the needs of all students?

To underpin the discussions, this publication identifies some of the steps policy makers can take to build school systems that are both equitable and excellent. The analysis is complemented with examples that illustrate proven or promising practices in specific countries.

Table of contents:

Preface 9
Executive Summary 11
Chapter 1. Charting a way towards equity and Excellence 13
-The 2014 International Summit on the Teaching Profession 14
-Defining equity, excellence and inclusiveness 17
--Excellence 18
--Equity 19
--Inclusion 21
-The benefits of investing in equity 21
Chapter 2. Developing high-quality teachers for the schools with the greatest need 23
-What the results from PISA 2012 show 24
--Financial resources 24
--Teachers 26
-Pointers for policy and practice 29
--Provide adequate resources to address disadvantage 29
--Create a teaching force that reflects student demography and secure high-quality teaching in disadvantaged schools 32
--Prepare teachers for work in disadvantaged schools 32
--Provide mentoring to teachers in disadvantaged schools 32
--Improve working conditions in disadvantaged schools 34
--Provide career and financial incentives to attract and retain teachers in disadvantaged schools 34
--Establish effective employment conditions 38
--Make teaching an attractive career 40
--Provide professional development activities that address student diversity 42
--Educate the teacher educators 44
Chapter 3. Achieving equity in increasingly Devolved Education Systems 49
-What the results from PISA 2012 show 50
--School autonomy 50
--School choice and competition 55
--Public and private schools 60
--Early education 63
-Pointers for policy and practice 63
--Avoid socio-economic segregation 63
--Inform all parents of the choices available to them 66
--Foster collaboration among all schools 67
--Use student and school assessments to support improvements in equity 69
--Invest in early childhood education 71
Chapter 4. Creating learning environments that address the needs of all children 77
-What the results from PISA 2012 show 78
--Vertical stratification 78
--Horizontal stratification 81
-Pointers for policy and practice 81
--Reduce grade repetition 82
--Reduce early tracking 84
--Improve disadvantaged schools 87
--Strengthen and support school leadership 87
--Provide systemic support for restructuring schools 88
--Create a supportive school climate 90
--Use data to identify at-risk students and intervene early 90
--Provide a continuum of support for struggling students 91
--Explore different ways of organising school learning time 92
--Hold high expectations for all students and use effective teaching practices 93
--Create effective links among the school, parents and the community 94
Chapter 5. Building an equitable, excellent and Inclusive Education System 103
-Attract, nurture and retain qualified teachers 104
-Allocate resources equitably 104
-Make pre-primary education accessible to all 105
-Encourage autonomy in the context of accountability105
-Avoid segregation and stratification 105
-Use assessments and evaluations to identify struggling students and schools 106

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