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Taking a biological, ecological concept of the ecosystem and applying it to learning has led to a rise in the emerging theory of Learning Ecosystems. With a futures orientated lens this paper uses case studies to illustrate the development of potential changemakers in education. 

Learning ecosystems

This UNICEF report looks at the progress that has been made in the UNESCO Education For All agenda.  It investigates three main contributing factors not least the investment needed by countries but also new ways of looking and addressing the barriers with the focus squarely on learning not just access.

Investment case for education and equity

How school systems respond to migration has an enormous impact on the economic and social well-being of all members of the communities they serve, whether they have an immigrant background or not. This paper from OECD reveals some of the difficulties immigrant students encounter while settling into their new communities and new schools.

Helping immigrant students

People have always moved from one place to another, some seeking better opportunities, some fleeing danger. These movements can have a great impact on education systems. The 2019 edition of the Global Education Monitoring Report is the first of its kind to explore these issues in-depth across all parts of the world.  

Migration, displacement and education

To survive and thrive today, many organizations are undertaking the fundamental shift from a traditional organizational model designed for the industrial economy to an agile model designed for today’s digital economy.  To form and lead an agile transformation successfully, leaders need a new approach.

Leading agile transformation

This report addresses some of the issues surrounding the use of AI in education and discusses how AI can be harnessed to improve the education and opportunities of students as they prepare to enter the workforce. It also stresses the need for students, employees and society to develop an awareness and understanding about the increasing role that AI will play.

Education and AI

This report demonstrates through working with policy makers, academic experts, school networks, teachers, education leaders, students and social partners, this framework can provide a space in which, ideas can be exchanged, proven and promising practices are explored, discover cutting edge research and contribute to a new ecosystem of learning.

The future of education and skills: Education 2030

This McKinsey collaboration with the UK National College of School Leadership is written by Sir Michael Barber, Fenton Whelan and Michael Clark. It draws on one of the first cross country surveys ever conducted on school leadership in high developed countries. This was commissioned in 2010.

Capturing the leadership premium

The highest performing education systems are those that combine equity with quality. They give all children opportunities for a good quality education. This report presents policy recommendations for education systems to help all children succeed in their schooling. It looks into system level and school level policies to promote equity and quality.

Equity and quality in education

The detailed analysis in subsequent chapters highlighted through the participation of 10 countries gives case study examples for countries, sectors, schools, communities to understand the key evidence to assist them with their aspirations of having equitable education through system design and educational practices and resourcing. 

No more failures

The pace of change is accelerating. Competition for the right talent is fierce. And ‘talent’ no longer means the same as ten years ago; many of the roles, skills and job titles of tomorrow are unknown to us today. How can organisations prepare for a future that few of us can define? How will your talent needs change? 

Workforce of the future

The Brookings Institute’s Rebecca Winthrop et al, explore the possibility of harnessing innovations to leapfrog— to jump ahead, or move rapidly and nonlinearly—to make educational progress.  Their interests are in exploring globally what leapfrogging in education looks like— and the potential for education innovations to help us leap ahead.

Can we leapfrog?

This is a short Australian system perspective on understanding what equity is and why it is important for a variety of stakeholders.  It looks at what they are doing that is making a difference and what still needs to be done. It demonstrates clearly the usefulness of community conversations to ensure that perspectives are understood before solutions are found.

Why does educational equity matter?

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