Organising teaching: Developing the power of the profession

published 12 July 2017 updated 18 July 2018

The challenges that face teachers often look very similar around the world. Global league tables are often behind the relentless pressure to drive test scores up, whilst the forces of global economic competition explain a race to the bottom on teachers’ working conditions. Teachers experience ever rising workloads, but perhaps even more seriously, they also face the constant undermining of their professional judgement. Increasingly it is politicians who want to tell teachers what to teach, how to teach it and how to measure what is taught.