Division for Educational Planning

Work and Projects

Education Monitoring

In school year 2017/18, approximately 295,000 students attended schools in the Canton of Zurich from kindergarten to university. Zurich education encompasses all education levels and all types of schooling. The Education Monitoring section systematically analyses data and information on education in the canton and derives recommendations for action. In this way it provides findings and insights for the field, administration, policy, and the public and supports the planning of the Department of Education.

In-depth surveys of school levels and topics

Monitoring of external surveys and scientific evaluations; coordination of research requests pertaining to schooling

Analyses of education statistics and prognoses for financial, human resources, and school facilities planning

Education Statistics

The Education Statistics section collects, checks, and manages data on the education system in the Canton of Zurich. This supports the planning and controlling of the Department of Education. The section contributes to intercantonal comparisons and to bases for planning and decision making at the federal level by supplying data to the Federal Statistical Office. In addition, the Education Statistics section handles inquiries from researchers and media representatives.

In addition to the data on the Zurich education system, the Education Statistics section also compiles the education statistics for the Cantons of Thurgau, Glarus, and Graubünden on a contractual basis.

Strategic Projects

Many actors in the area of schools see themselves as burdened by the reforms of recent years. This should be taken seriously. But far-reaching changes in society and the economy call for continuous further development and innovation in education, for education should provide children, young people, and adults the chance for personal development. Education also strengthens societal cohesion and creates the preconditions for economic progress.

Together with the offices in the Department of Education and institutions and organizations in the area of the schools, the Strategic Projects section works on projects on further development of the educational offerings of the Canton of Zurich.

Representative for «Violence in School Environments»

Mobbing in the schools, sexual assaults on teenagers, and violence by young people cause uncertainty, shock, and concern. Parents and the schools do everything within their power to allow children and young people to grow up in an environment free of violence. Where do the schools and parents find support in this? What can they do, if their children and adolescents are victims of violence or commit violence themselves?

The Representative for «Violence in School Environments» is responsible for increasing measures for violence prevention and intervention at schools and in their environments. These measures include providing the public with information on advice and support services. The Internet portal Stopp Gewalt [stop violence] makes information available to parents and students on what they can do against violence and where they can get support.