OECD expert calls for ‘new type of teacher’ in Wales

PISA chief Andreas Schleicher has called for a “new type of teacher” to move the curriculum forward in Wales.

Mr Schleicher said teachers needed more time and opportunities “to observe what happens in other classrooms”.

“If you look at teachers in Wales today they spend most of their time in the classroom and teachers of the future need to do lots of other things like preparing lessons with others, curriculum implementation and analysing lesson plans and professional development,” he stated.

“New teachers will have a greater level of professional autonomy and there will be more exchanging of knowledge. They need to spend more time with parents and students.”

Mr Schleicher, who is director for education and skills at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development which runs PISA – the Programme for International Student Assessment – said it was “very important for a country like Wales to see if it can do better”.

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