Magazine article European Social Policy

Education : Report: Feedback Improves Quality of Teaching

Magazine article European Social Policy

Education : Report: Feedback Improves Quality of Teaching

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Teachers need effective feedback on their work in order to take full advantage of training opportunities, but variety in training experiences, and a better working climate in schools are also "key" to "successful professional development," the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the European Commission said in a joint report, released on 24 November. The EU's Commissioner for Education, Maros Sefcovic, said: "We have over six million teachers in the EU and their ability to inspire all pupils is central to the future of our societies".

According to the report, almost nine in ten teachers take part in some form of in-work professional training and more than half say they want more. Sefcovic added: "If we want high quality education, it is crucial that we give our teachers the best possible opportunities to develop their skills, not only at the beginning but throughout their careers. By stimulating them to engage in a professional development we contribute to the status and attractiveness of the profession".

The report is based on this year's Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), which was conducted in 23 participating countries, among which 15 are EU members (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain). According to the OECD's Secretary-General, Angel Gurria, "Teachers are the life blood of education, and professional development of teachers is an essential ingredient in maintaining the quality of education systems. …

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