NETHERLANDS - SLO

Netherlands Institute for Curriculum Development (SLO)
PO Box 2041
7500 CA  Enschede
international.slo.nl

CIDREE representative:
Mr Jindra Divis, director general
j.divis(at)slo.nl
Phone +31 53 484 02 17
Fax +31 613 09 95 30

CIDREE National Coordinator:
Jos Tolboom
j.tolboom@slo.nl
Phone +31 53 484 06 19
Mobile +31 53 430 76 92

Institutional size: 175

Key functions
SLO serves as the national institute for curriculum development in the Netherlands. It is an independent, non-profit organisation, bridging the contexts of policy, research and practice. A major characteristic of the work of SLO is the interaction between various levels of curriculum development (national, school, classroom, pupil). A main challenge for SLO is the strengthening of (both longitudinal and horizontal) coherence of curricula.

SLO has the following tasks:

  • design and validation of national curricular frameworks (core objectives, attainment levels, examination programmes, curricular strands);
  • analysis, design, and evaluation of exemplary curriculum specifications at school and classroom level;
  • knowledge development (through research)  and professional development in the field of curriculum (through publications, and consultancy);
  • scientific underpinning and international orientation of curriculum development
  • national coordination of curriculum development activities;
  • advice to and support of the government regarding curriculum development.

Educational Sectors Covered

  • Primary Education/Special Education
  • Junior Secondary Education
  • Senior Secondary Education
  • Vocational Education
  • Research & Consultancy

Current Educational Priorities/Projects

  • Curriculum Monitoring & Evaluation
  • Subject Renewal
  • Excellence, Talent Development & Personalisation
  • Curriculum & Teachers
  • Educational Materials & ICT
  • Curricular Strands (longitudinal)
  • Coherence in the Curriculum
  • Curriculum & Assessment

Current Organisational Priorities/Concerns
SLO strives after an integral approach in order to develop relevant, consistent, useful, effective and sustainable curricula. SLO works as follows:

  • the actual development work is preceded by monitoring and trend analysis of scientific, educational en societal information; the results are broadly discussed and lead to the formulation of improvement and innovation projects;
  • the development process is research-informed, including systematic formative evaluation of draft products;
  • from the very start projects anticipate on implementation and upscaling of the development work through cooperation with relevant partners (especially teacher education, both pre- and in-service, and educational guidance).