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No OFSTED - key to success in Estonia

Discussion in 'Education news' started by JL48, Dec 3, 2019.

  1. JL48

    JL48 Star commenter

    apparently . .

    Estonia: Pisa's European success story

    Mr Laidmets added: “The three pillars of the Estonian education system are the national curriculum, the second is the teachers who are highly qualified – holding master's degrees. Teachers here have autonomy. They know the expectations of the national curriculum but there is no school inspectorate or external body which assesses how they approach this.

    “And the third important aspect is parents. It is important that parents recognise that education gives people the chance to move forward and to reach their potential.”
    Sally006, ViolaClef and bonxie like this.
  2. bonxie

    bonxie Senior commenter

    Train your staff well, treat them with the respect they deserve as highly trained professionals, leave them alone to get on with their job and create an understanding amongst the population of why education is beneficial for everyone... no wonder the Estonian education system is a success story. Maybe we should think about adopting this approach in the UK.
    ajrowing likes this.
  3. JL48

    JL48 Star commenter

    Don't be silly - let's strengthen OFSTED to bully more teachers out of the profession. A far more sensible approach!
    bonxie and ajrowing like this.
  4. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    They don't pay teachers well over there.
    A few years ago, we got to know a very interesting Estonian lady who had given up her job for a year to come and work as a live in carer for a lady with Parkinson's, so that she could boost her salary and earn enough for her children to go to university.
  5. Morninglover

    Morninglover Lead commenter

    It's a relatively poor country still recovering from being occupied by the Russians after WW2.

    Estonia GDP = 25.92 billion USD (2017)
    UK GDP = 2.622 trillion USD (2017)
  6. JL48

    JL48 Star commenter

    Still a valid point, but perhaps these figures might be more relevant ?

    UK GDP per capita - $42,558 (2018)
    Estonia GDP per capita - $22,990 (2018)

    Apparently the average monthly salary of teachers in Tallin is €1500 pcm in 2019.

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