UKNC Education Director emphasises the role of teachers in the Education 2030 Agenda

The UKNC’s Non-Executive Director for Education, Gary Brace, was one of the key speakers at a recent high-level summit on teacher education and the critical role of teachers in the successful implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goal on education.

The Teacher Education Knowledge Mobilisation Summit, which was attended by teacher educators from across the globe, focussed on practical ways that teacher education can be mobilised to help deliver the UNESCO Education 2030 Framework for Action. Other speakers included representatives from the OECD and UNESCO’s Global Education Monitoring Report. The Summit was organised by a coalition of educator organisations including the IT in Teacher Education (ITTE) professional association and the British Educational Research Association.

Professor Marilyn Leask from the Education Futures Collaboration charity and national council member of ITTE, who organised the summit said:

“Keeping teachers up to date over a 40 or 50 year career, so that children are educated for tomorrow rather than yesterday, is a challenge for both developed and developing countries.  This first Teacher Education Knowledge Mobilisation Summit was focused on actions to address this challenge. There will shortly be a report bringing together the ideas expressed at the Summit and validated by experienced colleagues from many countries who were unable to attend on that day. All involved have been asked to take forward the actions relevant to their role in the education sector. Progress on these actions will be reported at the 2017 Summit when new goals will be set”.

Gary Brace, who is the former Chief Executive of the General Teaching Council for Wales, said of the summit:

“It was an energetic and inspiring event attended by professionals and academics who understand the vital role of teachers and on-going teacher education to delivering the new SDGs. The speeches were wide-ranging and sparked creative discussions”.

Gary focussed particularly on the SDG 4 on quality education and its implications for teacher education. He considered how teacher education could be used to overcome resource constraints in developing countries and how a focus on pedagogy could help to deliver SDG 4 and the Framework for Action. The UKNC is looking to pursue these themes further in future policy work, in collaboration with members of its expert network.

Gary’s speech is part of a series of seminars and panel discussions to which UKNC Non-Executive Directors are contributing to explore the implications of the new SDGs for the UK. UKNC Non-Executive Director for Applied Sciences, Professor Tariq Durrani, joined a panel discussion at the British Council earlier this year on the SDGs and what they mean for the UK Skills sector. Similarly, UKNC Vice Chair and Natural Sciences Non-Executive Director Dr Beth Taylor participated in The Royal Society’s Policy Lab on how science can help the UK meet the Sustainable Development Goals.

Read the full speech here.