Even though most European countries suffer from teacher shortages or expect to in the future, many are not planning long-term how to manage supply and demand of teachers.
Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, said: “Teachers are crucial for the future of our children. Europe has world-class teachers, but the interest in the profession is decreasing, and staff shortages are holding back the quality of education. I therefore call on Member States to invest in teaching careers that are attractive to the best candidates, offer prestige and rich opportunities and enable professional growth and development from recruitment to retirement. This new report tells us what countries are already doing, and what more they could do, to reach that goal. The Commission stands ready to support them.”
In May 2017, the Commission adopted a communication on ‘School development and excellent teaching for a great start in life’ which proposed EU-level actions to support Member States in their education reforms. One of the objectives outlined is to achieve excellent teaching and learning by ensuring teachers and school leaders are well-trained and receive the support and recognition they deserve. European ministers and stakeholders, meeting just a month ago on the occasion of the first European Education Summit, confirmed that it is essential to develop a shared agenda to modernise and better support the teaching profession.