The best education debate in the world

England might not be at the top of the global rankings just yet, but it is having the most important conversation in international education, writes Matt Hood. While the debate elsewhere is led by bureaucrats and businesses, here we have teachers and school leaders constantly presenting new ideas and putting them to brilliant use in the classroom

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At a conference for teachers in Manchester last year, I said that I was proud to work in England’s excellent comprehensive education system, and that I was optimistic about its future. I still am. I also said that for us to move from the top tier of the education system to the first-place podium, we have to become the best place in the world to be a teacher. I think we’re on the right track.

Despite what we’re sometimes led to believe, we are a top-tier education system. That’s where the international league tables place us. Our teachers are amongst the most qualified in the world and have ...

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