A clear set of desired student outcomes, supported by a robust curriculum and rigorous assessment, is the bedrock of a good education system.
But the heart and soul of a great education system are its teachers.
Teachers bring the knowledge in textbooks to life through their engaging lessons. They care for and encourage every child. Teachers inspire students to overcome challenges in order to achieve their full potential.
Much research goes into analysing the key features of successful education systems around the world. Consistently, it is found that an important factor lies in the calibre of teachers.
For most countries that have topped the charts in the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) Study, such as Singapore and Finland, teaching is an attractive and respected profession with good career progression and leadership opportunities.