School boards in compulsory education

Dutch speaking chamber on July 23, 2019

An analysis by the Court of Audit shows that good cooperation between school boards and school directors is related to better follow-up of pupils and higher quality of care and equal educational opportunities (EEO) policies, participation policies and the 'community school' policy (working together with the neighborhood, parents and local education, culture, sports, youth, childcare and welfare partners). In general, chairmen of the school boards and school directors estimate their cooperation fairly positively, but the degree of cooperation decreases with larger boards that manage more schools. In addition, school boards in compulsory education tend to lack expertise in the policy areas of care and EEO, pedagogics and participation.