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How big should schools be? A Literature Review

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school-size-policies-oecdA new OECD working paper on school size policies, shows that there are many ways in which school size may influence learning environments. Small schools make personal contact easy and are often strongly defended by local communities, while larger schools can provide more options to meet a diverse range of interests and needs. Sometimes, due to demographic or geographical challenges, there may be little choice regarding decisions on school size. But disadvantages can be offset, whether through connecting small schools using ICT, or through providing incentives to make larger schools more attractive for teachers and students. This paper is the first in a series of literature reviews looking at the use of resources in OECD school systems to be published in the coming months.

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