Global survey assesses status of teachers in era of COVID-19 pandemic

published 20 October 2020 updated 4 November 2020

Education International is relaunching its global survey on the Status of Teachers. The organisation’s largest survey of its 400 affiliated unions aims to better understand the status of teachers around the globe and build a strong basis for advocacy.

Research-based advocacy

The Status of Teachers survey is a key element in Education International’s advocacy strategy, which builds on strong research and evidence. As a 32-million-strong global union federation, Education International is uniquely positioned to reflect the reality behind teaching, and to raise these crucial facts with governments and other decision-makers. The survey will address challenges in the sector and its findings will have an impact on education policy at national, regional and global level. Conducted every three years, the Status of Teachers survey is a unique advocacy tool for teacher organisations everywhere.

Impact of survey findings

The results of the survey will be the basis of the Education International Report on The Status of Teachers, which will bedistributed in 2021 to all member organisations. This report will inform the global union federation’s submission to the ILO/UNESCO Committee of Experts on the Application of the Recommendations concerning Teaching Personnel(CEART), which monitors the 1966 Recommendation Concerning the Status of Teachers and the 1997 Recommendation Concerning the Status of Higher Education Teaching Personnel.


The survey is being conducted by Professor Greg Thompson ofQueensland University of Technology, Australia. It combines factual questions concerning statistical information with opinion-based questions about issues regarding teachers, education professionals, and education systems with a particular emphasis on the three years since the last Report on The Status of Teachers was published.


Given the unique impacts of COVID-19 on the education sector in 2020, the survey also goes into detail about how education systems, institutions, and members have been impacted by the global pandemic.

The survey, directed exclusively at member organisations, can be accessed for replies until 30 November 2020.

You can find two of the three previous survey reports here: