Training classes have been an integral part of many people’s lives for many years.
And there are many reasons why they are essential.
However, as they become more prevalent, some have raised questions about their value and potential impact.
To address this, the OECD published a report in 2016 that set out a set of training options for teachers and their employers.
But what does this report really tell us about teaching and the future?
How can we know whether the latest training options will provide a valuable service for our teaching and learning communities?
Here are some key takeaways from the OECD report.
The report looks at how training providers and employers might use training options.
It looks at training providers’ motivation for using the training, and whether this is based on specific teaching needs, such as preparing for the future, or on the training provider’s overall teaching goals.
It also examines the impact of the training on the students, teachers, and staff involved in the training.
The OECD report is not definitive on whether or not the new training options offer value.
Some organisations have already made the case that they will provide significant value to teachers and students, and are not likely to make a significant dent in their existing teaching workforce.
However they might be, the report points out that the best and most efficient way to teach is through engaging in continuous learning, and suggests that this is the most efficient use of time for both the teacher and the students.
It does, however, state that, while it is often the case for training providers to try to increase the value of training, this is not always the case.
Training providers may not necessarily want to use the training to deliver value directly to teachers, but rather may be motivated by the need to enhance their existing work or provide additional training for future teachers.
The biggest challenge in training for the next generation of teachers is ensuring that teachers are motivated and equipped to deliver the training they need to be successful.
This is especially true for those who have to be in the classroom with the students for longer periods of time, because they may have to teach longer and more frequently.
For some teachers, the challenge of delivering quality training to teachers is particularly challenging.
For example, many teachers who have worked for many decades with students and are now taking on more challenging tasks with students will need to learn to teach in a different way to those who are new to teaching.
The teaching profession as a whole needs to do more to engage and educate teachers on the best practices for teaching in a changing classroom environment.
This will require teachers to engage in meaningful discussions about teaching practices, and be open to learning from those who may have a better understanding of teaching in the future.
The future of the teaching profession The report provides a wide range of training choices, with the majority of providers choosing to focus on either the teaching of English, or more broadly on a range of other subject areas.
However some providers are looking beyond English teaching and offer courses in a range or even the whole range of subjects, such an occupational therapy programme.
For many teachers, this could offer a unique and valuable opportunity to take on more challenges, to improve their understanding of the subject, and to gain more skills in a variety of subjects.
As part of the OECD’s ongoing work to create the training environment that teachers need, the Government is also investing in new training providers.
For teachers who are already working in teaching and who are looking for a new career, it is vital that they are aware of the future opportunities for training, so they are prepared to take the right courses to make the most of their training.
As the OECD has pointed out, this will help ensure that teaching continues to be a valued profession, that we remain relevant to our communities, and that the teaching industry remains a strong, thriving one.
What can we learn from this report?
In this report, the recommendations outlined above have been aimed at helping the teaching sector to better manage the training of new teachers, to better ensure that they have the right skills and experience, and also to support them to find a job in the industry.
The training options listed in this report are very much in line with what many providers are doing.
However there are also some options that are being left out, or at least underutilised.
The recommendations on training are good news, but they also highlight a key challenge for the sector in the years ahead.
As new training solutions emerge, it may be the case, as the OECD did, that the current level of training is not enough for most of the workforce, or that the training providers are over-reacting to demand.
The fact that providers are still offering training to many people, who are not in the market for a career as a teacher, shows that the need for more training remains strong, and will only increase in the decades ahead.