Teacher Policies: Global Best Practices for Developing the Teaching Profession

Designing an Effective Training Program September 23, 2015

Rapid global change intensifies the challenge nations face in developing high quality teaching professions. The profiles and demands of learners as well as the learning environments are constantly evolving. In this context, successful education reforms are intrinsically linked to improvement in teacher quality.

The report identifies ten key aspects of teacher policies the world over, and explores effective, successful examples that characterize these features. The case studies consider the unique social, economic and cultural contexts and constraints of each society. Through the examination of the top performing systems on PISA and TALIS, the report provides a succinct handbook for policy makers and education leaders, and a blueprint for prioritizing and initiating teacher policy reform for diverse nations.


Prof. Oon Seng Tan

Prof. Oon Seng Tan

Director and Professor of Psychological Studies, National Institute of Education

Previously Dean at NIE, Professor Oon Seng Tan spearheaded the Teacher Education for the 21st Century initiative as a major milestone innovation for teacher policies.

This report has been reviewed by:

  • Professor Lim Cher Ping, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, The Hong Kong Institute of Education
  • Tine Sloan, Director, Teacher Education Program, Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, University of California, Santa Barbara

With contributions from:

  • Dr. Tiina Silander, Chair of the Department of Education at the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland
  • Seungah Lee, Head of Alumni & Impact at Teach for Qatar
  • Mohammed Fakhroo, CEO, Teach for Qatar
  • Nasser Al-Jaber, Deputy CEO, Teach for Qatar

Research Organization

National Institute of Education, Singapore