More than a third of teachers in the European Union work in schools with a shortage of qualified staff and nearly half of school leaders report a shortage of teachers for special needs' pupils. While nearly 90% of teachers in the EU say they are satisfied with their jobs, 81% feel teaching is not valued in society. Although teachers feel well equipped for the job, early career support is not universally available. These are among the main findings of the new Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), carried out by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The survey, based on teachers' perceptions of their career conditions, includes feedback from 55 000 lower secondary teachers and school leaders in the EU. The European Commission has analysed the TALIS findings and its implications for EU education and training policy in a report which is also issued today.
TALIS reflects the views of teachers from lower secondary schools in 19 EU countries and regions (BE nl, BG, ES, CZ, CY, DK, EE, FI, FR, HR, IT, LV, NL, PL, PT, RO, SE, SK, UK-ENG), as well as 15 other countries: the United States, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Serbia, Singapore, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Mexico, Norway, Abu Dhabi and Alberta in Canada.
"Some of the messages coming out of TALIS have worrying implications for the future of teaching as a career. Unless Member States take action to attract and retain the best teachers, we will undermine progress in advancing the quality of education in Europe. The Commission stands ready to help Member States design policies and measures to make teaching a more attractive profession," said Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth.
For more information
Council Conclusions on Effective Teacher Education (2014)
Council conclusions on Effective Leadership in Education (2013)
European Commission Communication (2013), Opening up Education: Innovative teaching and learning for all through new Technologies and Open Educational Resources
European Commission Communication (2012), Rethinking Education: Investing in skills for better socio-economic outcomes
Commission Staff Working Document (2012): Supporting the Teaching Profession for Better Learning Outcomes
OECD, TALIS 2013 Results. More...