What if… we wanted to transform teaching as a career choice?
05 December 2017, 5:30 pm–6:45 pm
Teaching offers a buzz unlike any other job, yet we are struggling to attract and then retain teachers in the profession. Where have we gone wrong, and how can we change things for the future?
Clarke HallUCL Institute of Education20 Bedford WayLondonWC1H 0ALUnited Kingdom
We've accepted that teaching may no longer be a lifelong vocation, and even made a virtue of that. We're in the midst of trying to reduce teacher workloads, and there's been talk of using technology to work around teacher shortages. But this is defeatist and piecemeal.
Is it time for a more radical rethink of what the teacher's role and remit should be in order to make the most of this vital profession? How can we combat the continuous challenge surrounding teacher retention? Let's explore how technology and best practice from other professions can be used to transform teaching.
Watch or listen to the debate again.
- Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, and the Association of Managers in Education
- Jonathan Simons, Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Varkey Foundation
- Lucy Crehan, International Education Consultant at the Education Development Trust; author, 'Cleverlands: The Secrets Behind the Success of the World's Education Superpowers'.
- Martin Mills, incoming Director of the Centre for Research on Teachers and Teaching at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE)
- Chair: Professor Becky Francis, Director of the IOE
The IOE Public Debates: What if… series
Through this series we'll be bringing together a range of commentators - academics, politicians, practitioners, policy wonks - and pushing them to bring some radical new thinking to some of the apparently intractable issues within education, not least the English education system.
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- IOE Blog: Transforming teaching as a career choice: what would be on your wish list?
- Mary Bousted in TES: 'Teachers will only have real autonomy when the government allows them to say not to the latest stupid fad'
- The IOE Public Debates series
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