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Committee for Education, Sport & Culture seeks to ensure definition of 'educational outcomes' is widely understood

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Friday 04 June 2021

The Committee for Education, Sport & Culture is seeking to ensure a common definition of 'educational outcomes' is used and understood in the lead up to the States debate on its plans for the future of Secondary and post-16 education.

'Educational outcomes' is an often-used term and the Committee is conscious it can mean different things to different people.

For the purposes of its policy letter and related discussions, the Committee has adopted the definition of human capital used by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to reflect the importance of education in developing learners. The Committee's policy letter states:

Educational outcomes can therefore be defined as the 'knowledge, skills, competencies and attributes to facilitate the creation of personal, social and economic well-being'.

The Committee believes using this internationally recognised definition is vital as it helps to ensure a consistent understanding around this important area of educational reforms.

Deputy Andrea Dudley-Owen, President of the Committee for Education, Sport & Culture, said:

'As we head towards the States debate on our proposals for the future of Secondary and post-16 education, the Committee is aware that there is understandably much discussion around educational outcomes and how our model will improve them. It is very apparent to us however, that the term 'educational outcomes' has been much-used in recent years but with varied meaning. For example, for some people it is purely about exam results while for others is it more about the overall student experience. The true picture is that it is both these things and more.

'We want to ensure that all students have an equitable opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills, competencies and attributes they need to help them become the young adults they want to be. This rounded approach to educational outcomes with the ultimate aim that young people leave education and enter the world of work, are well equipped to forge their own path towards personal, social and economic well-being.

'In order to achieve that, we need an education system that is equitable, where students don't receive unfair advantages or disadvantages. We need schools of an appropriate size where every student can be known by name and need, and where they can progress through the 11-16 phase into a post-16 sector that offers parity of esteem across the full range and wide variety of study choices and education pathways for our young people leading them into adulthood. That is the vision for 21st Century education we want to turn into a reality with our Education strategy and our model.'

The Committee's policy letter on the future of Secondary and post-16 education can be read at Secondary and Post 16 Education Reorganisation - States of Guernsey (gov.gg).

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