A strong culture of professionalism: the key ingredient of high-performing systems

The most important lesson from high-performing systems: foster a strong culture of professionalism.

by Michael Pain.

Much emphasis is placed on how international systems such as Finland recruit trainee teachers from amongst their very best graduates. The bar for teaching training is set high, entry salaries are higher than average, and therefore, we are told, professional status is enhanced and secured. Important as this is, it is not a silver bullet – as many of our best school leaders recognise.

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