17th March 2022

EPI comments on the launch of the latest OECD TALIS report

On Monday 14th March, the OECD launched the latest Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) Report, assessing the allocation of high-quality teachers and access of students with different socio-economic backgrounds to good teachers.

Commenting on the report, James Zuccollo, Director for School Workforce at the Education Policy Institute (EPI), said:

“The quality of teaching is the most important element of children’s schooling, and it is essential to ensure that all children have access to great teachers. 

“Today’s TALIS report shows that England is below the OECD average when it comes to the distribution of more experienced teachers, with those who are in the profession longer more likely to be teaching in more affluent schools.

“Given that countries with a more even distribution of quality teachers tend to perform better in international PISA tests, it is imperative that the government continues to focus on policies that incentivise effective teachers into areas with low pupil outcomes. 

“Ensuring that challenging schools have the tools to attract and retain great teachers and the resources to support them, must remain a top priority.”