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OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey

Ministers:

The Hon Julia Gillard MP
Minister for Education. Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations
Minister for Social Inclusion
Deputy Prime Minister

The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, today welcomed the release of the 2008 OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) report.

TALIS was conducted in 23 countries and provides the first internationally comparable data on conditions affecting teachers in schools.

The initial round of research was conducted with teachers and principals engaged in lower secondary education in both the public and private sectors.

It focused on the leadership and management of schools, the appraisal and professional development of teachers and the impact these matters have on the learning environment.

The OECD report shows that internationally, there is a shortage of qualified teachers hindering the capacity of schools to deliver instruction.

TALIS results suggest that in Australia, a high level of funding is allocated for staffing and that our students benefit from below average class sizes.

About 60 per cent of Australian teachers surveyed had been in the profession for more than 10 years. This was balanced by the finding that Australia has a relatively higher proportion (about 10 per cent) of teachers who are in their first two years of teaching.

Teachers and principals in all countries surveyed reported an unmet demand for professional development. However, participation in professional learning is virtually universal in the Australian teaching profession. Most Australian teachers surveyed had undertaken professional learning in the 18-months prior to the survey.

The research also shows Australia has the highest incidence of formal induction programs and a high incidence of mentoring programs for new teachers.

The Australian Government will continue to participate in TALIS, welcoming the results as an evidence-base that will help focus and drive reform.

The Government is already taking steps to address many of the issues highlighted in the report. As part of its Education Revolution, the Australian Government is investing heavily in quality teaching as the single greatest influence on student engagement and achievement.

The Government established the $550 million Smarter Schools – Improving Teacher Quality National Partnership to attract, train, place, develop and retain quality teachers in our classrooms.

This was supported by funding in the 2009-10 Budget encouraging universities to improve teacher education and attract students to teaching.

This investment in quality teaching recognises the pivotal role of teaching and learning in our schools to the nation’s future jobs, competitiveness and productivity.

The Australian Government is committed to ensuring every Australian student can reach their full educational potential through high quality teaching and learning.

For more information visit: www.oecd.org/edu/talis