This latest blog from Anthony Mann focuses on the European dimension of the link between education and employability. It identifies employer engagement in education as a key issues in tackling the skills gap.
Government priority objectives across European countries include:
Tackling skills shortage/skills mismatch
Improving youth skills relevant to dynamic labour market demand
Harnessing community resources to improve attainment
Putting coherent pathways in place for young people moving through educational and training provision
Addressing inequalities in outcomes, promoting social mobility and challenging gender stereotyping.
Join the team at Education Scotland on Thursday 28th April at 4pm for Module 21 – Teaching and Learning approaches from around the world.
The aims of this session are to:
•Offer an overview of the different methodologies used to teach numeracy and mathematics in high achieving OECD countries.
•Compare the differences in approach to introducing key concepts in these comparator countries. •Explore how some of the effective methodologies may be incorporated into the Scottish curriculum.
The session is suitable for practitioners of pupils aged 3-18.
If you are not familiar with the Paris-based (OECD) Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. I hope I can help you get to grips with the basics. Here is my summary in order to understand the (PISA) Programme for International Student Assessment. The following sentence is taking from the Pisa in Focus report from 2013. “So … Continue reading »
I recently bought the OECD publication ‘Education at a Glance 2013‘ to help with a research/market analysis consultancy commission. As a result I appear to be on another mailing list and received the OECD’s glossy Observer magazine through the post last week. Overall it’s a really good read but the article that I enjoyed the most was ‘Lessons for Educators’ by Andreas Schleicher (which turns out to be his contribution to Pearson’s excellent ‘The Five Things I’ve Learned‘ website).
I have long admired Schleicher’s work at OECD PISA (despite having some doubts about how these statistics are misused by those who want to read too much into them). In my previous role I was delighted to be able to invite Andreas on several occasions as a keynote speaker at the Scottish Learning Festival.
I really like the five things he has learned …
1. In the global economy, the benchmark for educational success is no longer merely improvement by local or national standards, but the best performing education systems internationally.
Difficult to argue with this one. The question to my mind is not whether we need to compete but on what basis we want to compete.
2. The skills that are easiest to teach and test are also the skills that are easiest to digitize, automate and outsource.
Whilst being able to deploy strategies to memorise facts is a necessary foundation for a good education it is never going to be sufficient. We need to promote and develop higher-order skills cognitive skills and be able to apply our knowledge and understanding to novel contexts that are meaningful in the world beyond school.
3. Deprivation need not be destiny. Equity in education is also the key to social mobility and democratizing knowledge.
In my lifetime social mobility has stalled in Scotland, as elsewhere in the UK. But given the right policies and firm commitment to equity as a priority (neither of which is currently evident) education still has the power to transform lives for the better.
4. Modern education is about enabling professional autonomy within a collaborative culture.
Rather than treating teachers as technicians who are expected to ‘deliver’ a curriculum handed-down from on high!
5. There is no future without investment in education.
There is a future without investment in education, it just happens to be a very bleak one!
All great stuff and the The Five Things I’ve Learned website is well worth a visit. The final point in this post comes from my good friend Professor Stephen Heppell’s contribution to the website. His fifth point is that ‘education is amazingly complex‘ and as such …