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Lynne is a Secondary Teacher with QTS who is currently working in schools through Protocol Education in Bristol. With PISA results released recently, Lynne shares her view.

I belong to a teaching union not because I am politically active but because I need the sense of security that comes with its legal department. You never know these days what some pupils might accuse you of just because you looked at them the wrong way.

Along with my membership comes lots of stuff to keep me up to date with developments in education. Now I retired and took up supply teaching in order to escape having to keep up to date with the endless developments in education but, after a lifetime of it, I can't help but read about what's happening and last week what was happening was 'the world's most influential education study', the Pisa (Programme for International Student Assessment).

This survey compares the position of fifteen year olds across the world in core subjects and the man responsible for it is Andreas Schleicher, deputy education director of the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development). I dread to think what the survey cost. If only Herr Schleicher had asked us supply teachers he would have obtained the same results for a lot less money. For example:
Competition is not a predictor for better outcomes. "The UK is a good example - it has a highly competitive system but is only an average performer.

Indeed, the academies with the fancy furniture where I teach are no better than the shabby schools nearby. He also adds that what is important for most parents is not results but "an active and pleasant environment in the school." That applies for supply teachers, too. What I did learn from the study is that Scandinavian countries have slid down the ratings to be replaced by those in East Asia. So, instead of asking those nice people at Protocol to find me a placement in Finland, I need to try South Korea.

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Tags: Lyn, Protocol Education, PISA, ratings, standings, results, supply, Schleicher, Overseas, School

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