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CentrePiece article
The status of teachers
Peter Dolton
December 2013
Paper No' CEPCP402:
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CentrePiece 18 (2) Autumn 2013

Governments that are serious about attracting the best people to work in their state education systems must look not only at the salaries they offer but also at the social standing of teachers. That is the conclusion of Peter Dolton, who has conducted the first global comparison of teachers’ status in society. We will only attract the brightest graduates into teaching if it is seen as both a highly paid and high status profession, he says. At the heart of a country’s social attitudes towards teachers is the question: would you encourage your own child to become a teacher?

This paper has been published as:
This article summarises the 2013 Global Teacher Status Index by Peter Dolton and Oscar Marcenaro-Gutierrez, published by the Varkey GEMS Foundation.