Pearson Foundation and OECD Release Two New Documentary Films

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Netherlands and Flanders, Belgium Added to Acclaimed Film Series: "Strong Performers and Successful Reformers"

Today, the Pearson Foundation and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) announced two new films in the "Strong Performers and Successful Reformers in Education" series. The addition of the Netherlands and Flanders, Belgium makes a total of 12 short films with unique insights into policies and programs designed to improve student achievement and illustrations for how these policies are put into action in the classroom. These places have been identified as leaders because of their strong performance in the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA).

The two films added to the collection build upon the other ten profiles of the educational systems in Finland, Ontario, Canada, Poland, Shanghai, China, Brazil, Germany, Japan, Korea, Portugal, and Singapore.

In a drive to raise the quality of classroom teaching and boost student performance, Dutch education authorities are encouraging teachers to learn from each other with a systematic approach to peer review. Dutch education authorities are striving to ensure high student performance by raising teachers’ professional qualifications and enhancing their teaching skills.

Flanders, Belgium
Flanders, Belgium builds a “triangle of quality” based on extensive autonomy for schools, supported by pedagogical advisory services and monitored by government inspectors. Flemish education authorities set minimum attainment targets for school students and impose regular inspections to ensure that schools comply.

“The goal of these films is to share policy experiences from the world’s most advanced and most rapidly improving education systems,” said Andreas Schleicher, Special Advisor on Education Policy to the OECD's Secretary-General and OECD Deputy Director of Education. “These films have been able to capture what is possible in terms of educational improvement, whatever the starting point of these countries’ educational journey.”

“With such an illustrative representation of educational systems from around the globe, we are able to learn so much,” said Mark Nieker, President and CEO of the Pearson Foundation. “Each one of these films teaches us that improving student outcomes is within our reach.”

The “Strong Performers and Successful Reformers in Education" films can be viewed online at DVD copies may also be obtained directly from the OECD and from the Pearson Foundation.

For more information:
Pearson Foundation: Stacey Finkel, (703) 304-1377 stacey.finkel(at)pearsonfoundation(dot)org

About OECD
In 2011 the OECD celebrated its 50th anniversary of promoting better policies for better lives. The OECD’s core missions are to assist governments design and implement policies that will improve people’s economic and social well-being and help them work together in a coordinated manner towards a stronger, cleaner and fairer global economy. The OECD provides a forum in which governments can share policy experiences and seek solutions to common problems. For more information, please see:

About The Pearson Foundation
The Pearson Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that aims to make a difference by promoting literacy, learning, and great teaching. The Foundation collaborates with leading businesses, nonprofits, and education experts to share good practice; foster innovation; and find workable solutions to the educational disadvantages facing young people and adults across the globe. More information on the Pearson Foundation can be found at

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