On 28 and 29 March 2014, some of the world’s leading educationalists and policy makers convened in Wellington for the fourth annual International Summit on the Teaching Profession.
This was the first time New Zealand has hosted an education conference of this magnitude; delegations from 26 countries included ministers of education, union representatives, and leading academics.
The event is jointly convened by the Minister of Education of the host country, the OECD, and Education International. In total, around 400 people attended the summit, and Teach First NZ was honoured to be invited as an Official Observer with the OECD delegation. Shaun Sutton, Chief Executive, attended alongside Anna Molero, Senior Director, Government & Multilateral Partnerships at Teach For All.
Teach For All, the global network of which Teach First NZ is a partner, was featured prominently in the Summit's official publication Equity, Excellence and Inclusiveness in Education: Policy Lessons from Around the World, written by the OECD's Andreas Schleicher. Teach For All is featured on page 31, which discusses successful ways to attract more of the best teachers to disadvantaged schools.
On reflecting about the Summit, Shaun Sutton said: "Attending the Summit made me humble but also proud. Humble to be working alongside global leaders in education, but also proud to be from the country hosting this occasion. As noted at the Summit, New Zealand is a world leader in educational excellence, but we still have far too much inequity in the system. The Summit provided an invaluable opportunity to learn from others about educational policies that matter the most".
Summit Pōwhiri at Te Papa
Shaun Sutton, Chief Executive at Teach First NZ and Anna Molero, Senior Director Government & Multilateral Partnerships at Teach For All.
New Zealand's Parliament Buildings
The Summit room, Banquet Hall, Parliament Buildings