In 2018 is the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’ (OECD’s) Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), the first and only international survey that focuses on the teaching practices and the working conditions of teachers and headteachers in England and over 40 other countries.
The 2018 survey will be the third cycle of TALIS. It has taken place every five years since it was first carried out in 2008, with England participating for the first time in 2013. TALIS gives teachers and headteachers a unique opportunity to have a say and influence the development of education policy. Data collected from TALIS 2013 has gone on to form the evidence base for policy development by the Department for Education and Local Authorities. The findings influenced the Standard for Teachers’ Professional Development and were a key driver of the 2014 Workload Challenge.
TALIS 2018 will survey primary (KS1 & KS2) and lower secondary (KS3) school teachers and their headteachers in 400 randomly sampled schools. In England, the Department for Education (DfE) has commissioned FFT Education Ltd, UCL Institute of Education and RAND Europe to be the National Centre. Please look out for a letter from the National Centre, or visit the TALIS 2018 website for more information at www.talis2018.org.uk.
TALIS Video Study 2018:
On behalf of the Department for Education (DfE), Education Development Trust, in partnership with Oxford University, is running an exciting research project on teaching practices in mathematics. The TALIS Video Study is an innovative international comparative study led by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). England is one of nine countries (including Mexico, USA, Chile, Columbia, Japan, China (Shanghai), Spain (Madrid) and Germany) participating in this prestigious research which will provide insight into the variety of mathematics teaching practices being used in classrooms across all nine countries. The findings will help us to understand the relationship between teaching practices and pupil and teacher perceptions of mathematics in England, and internationally. The study is also an exciting opportunity to develop, at scale, the use of video observation to explore effective teaching and support continuing professional development.
‘Teachers in some of the most celebrated education systems routinely watch other teachers to learn more about their own teaching,’ explains Anna Riggall, head of research at Education Development Trust. ‘We are not just talking about classroom observation for performance management or an individual teacher’s professional development, but instead videoing and analysing carefully the elements of teaching that take place. By doing this in a systemic way we can learn a great deal about what teachers do and how pupils respond and this will all be shared to allow others to learn.’
In England, up to 100 randomly sampled secondary schools will be involved in data collection which will run during the next academic year, from 1st October 2017 to 30th June 2018. Your school may have already received a letter of invitation to participate in the study. If you have any questions about the TALIS Video study or if you would like to know if your school is on the sample list, please contact TALISVideostudy@educationdevelopmenttrust.com. Further details on this innovative study can also be found on the Education Development Trust website.