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Quality Teaching

  1. Union growth 25 March 2020

    “Handling the COVID-19 crisis in education: What can TALIS 2018 tell us?”, by John Bangs.

    John Bangs

    The Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) 2018 was released on the 23rd March. For the first time the OECD’s Education and Skills Director Andreas Schleicher presented the report remotely because of the Covid 19 crisis. The OECD had rightly taken the tough decision to release its report now before...

    “Handling the COVID-19 crisis in education: What can TALIS 2018 tell us?”, by John Bangs.
  2. Trade union rights are human rights 10 March 2020

    South Africa: Union campaigns to eradicate school violence as it marks 30th anniversary

    The South African Democratic Teachers' Union has kicked off celebrations for its 30th anniversary in the Northern Cape by launching its "I am a school fan" campaign in the province. The campaign aims to address the escalating violence in schools.

    South Africa: Union campaigns to eradicate school violence as it marks 30th anniversary
  3. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 4 March 2020

    OECD: teacher well-being is key for teaching and learning

    The most recent edition of Teaching in Focus of the OECD targets stress and burnout among teachers; factors that endanger the health of practitioners and damage the quality of education. In addition, these are important reasons that the recruitment and retention of teachers has become so difficult.

    OECD: teacher well-being is key for teaching and learning
  4. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 27 February 2020

    South Africa: Educators demand end to copyright ‘apartheid’

    The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) has staged a protest urging the government to sign a Copyright Amendment Bill that will improve access to quality education materials.

    South Africa: Educators demand end to copyright ‘apartheid’
  5. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 20 February 2020

    “Calling Educators to Action on Climate Crisis”, by Gustavo E. Fischman, Daniel Fischer, Iveta Silova and Jordan King.

    Daniel Fischer, Jordan King, Gustavo E. Fischman, Iveta Silova

    Across the globe, youth are acting with urgency and passion to challenge the inadequate response of global leaders to the climate crisis, aiming to propel action toward sustainability and justice. Thousands of young students on all continents are participating in school strikes and mobilizing for other related actions to call...

    “Calling Educators to Action on Climate Crisis”, by Gustavo E. Fischman, Daniel Fischer, Iveta Silova and Jordan King.
  6. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 13 February 2020

    “PISA, well-being, and teacher unions”, by David Edwards.

    David Edwards

    Many of the headlines when the OECD releases its PISA reports focus on country rankings. While we have consistently critiqued the league table approach there is much in these reports that is useful to educators and their unions.

    “PISA, well-being, and teacher unions”, by David Edwards.
  7. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 4 February 2020

    The John Thompson Fellowship training, instrumental to developing unions and teacher quality in the Pacific

    Education unionists from five Pacific Island countries benefited from training under the framework of the John Thompson Fellowship Programme. They were supported in building a stronger voice for teachers and a stronger representation to contribute to education reforms.

    The John Thompson Fellowship training, instrumental to developing unions and teacher quality in the Pacific
  8. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 20 January 2020

    UK: Unions highlight shortcomings of Ofsted report on ‘stuck’ schools’

    Education unions in the UK have said that a report detailing how some schools have improved and others have not does not paint the full picture, and school inspection must be reviewed.

    UK: Unions highlight shortcomings of Ofsted report on ‘stuck’ schools’
  9. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 17 January 2020

    #youngteachers “An enthusiastic young Czech teacher and trade unionist!”, by David Navrátil (ČMOS-PS, Czech Republic).

    David Navrátil

    My name is David Navrátil and I´m a teacher of English, Geography and German language from a small town in the Czech republic. I decided to be a teacher when I was studying at high school. My favourite subjects were foreign languages, P.E. and Geography, and the only way to...

    #youngteachers “An enthusiastic young Czech teacher and trade unionist!”, by David Navrátil (ČMOS-PS, Czech Republic).
  10. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 6 December 2019

    PISA results highlight pressures in education systems

    The recently published Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) results have led education unions to reflect on school systems and the future of education.

    PISA results highlight pressures in education systems
  11. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 3 December 2019

    PISA 2018: between performance and well-being

    The long-awaited PISA 2018 study is out today, with new data on students’ performance and a new focus on well-being and sustainable development.

    PISA 2018: between performance and well-being
  12. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 22 November 2019

    #CRC30 “Ending corporal punishment in schools – a pathway to protecting the right to education”, by Baguma Filbert Bates.

    Baguma Filbert Bates

    In Uganda, corporal punishment was declared unlawful in schools in March 2016 when the Children’s Act was amended and indeed since 2006, corporal punishment had been discouraged by Ministerial Guidelines. However, it remains a big challenge because in many schools, particularly in the remoter rural areas, it is a deeply...

    #CRC30 “Ending corporal punishment in schools – a pathway to protecting the right to education”, by Baguma Filbert Bates.
  13. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 14 November 2019

    #SABERexposed "Teachers in the World Bank's SABER", by Melanie Baker Robbins.

    Melanie Baker Robbins

    This blog post presents two major critiques of the SABER-Teachers domain: The World Bank’s inconsistent use of empirical evidence in order to promote policies that reflect its ideological biases related to teachers and the teaching profession, and the way the SABER-Teachers domain framework paper serves to de-professionalize teachers.

    #SABERexposed "Teachers in the World Bank's SABER", by Melanie Baker Robbins.
  14. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 8 November 2019

    “Impoverishing the poor: the deficiencies of the World Bank’s learning poverty goal”, by Dennis Sinyolo.

    Dennis Sinyolo

    On 17 October, the World Bank announced a new global target for education aimed at reducing ‘learning poverty’ - the percentage of children who are unable to read by the age of 10 – in half by 2030. The World Bank’s initiative is a step in the wrong direction, and...

    “Impoverishing the poor: the deficiencies of the World Bank’s learning poverty goal”, by Dennis Sinyolo.
  15. Fighting the commercialisation of education 7 November 2019

    #SABERexposed “Engaging the Private Sector”, by Brendan DeCoster.

    Brendan DeCoster

    As part of the blog series critiquing the World Bank’s Systems Approach for Better Education Results (SABER) initiative, I examine some of the more problematic aspects of the Bank’s claims that 1) they are representing a consensus on engagement of the private sector and 2) that they are not pursuing...

    #SABERexposed “Engaging the Private Sector”, by Brendan DeCoster.
  16. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 6 November 2019

    Netherlands: Over 4,000 schools close as teachers strike for a sustainable solution to funding crisis and staff shortages

    Schools in the Netherlands are struggling to pay their way, while a teacher shortage is getting worse and worse. The government offered a one-time €460 million boost, but teachers are standing firm for structural increases in funding that can preserve the profession and guarantee quality education for all in the...

    Netherlands: Over 4,000 schools close as teachers strike for a sustainable solution to funding crisis and staff shortages
  17. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 31 October 2019

    #SABERexposed “SABER School Autonomy & Accountability”, by Lê Minh Hằng.

    Hang M. Le

    SABER School Autonomy & Accountability argues that a closed loop model of autonomy, assessment, and accountability will lead to better education outcomes. This blog post critiques some of the central assumptions behind this model and argues for alternative ways to view accountability.

    #SABERexposed “SABER School Autonomy & Accountability”, by Lê Minh Hằng.