In response to today's Trends in International Maths and Science Study (TIMSS) results, Brett Wigdortz OBE, Founder and CEO of Teach First said:
“These are welcome results for England, but will no doubt still be accompanied by a debate over whether we can ever really achieve the heights of the top-scoring countries in East Asia. At Teach First we believe that not only is this possible, but settling for anything less would be a disservice to all of our young people.
“From my experience, all the world class education systems around the globe highlighted today have one thing in common – they recruit, train and support world class teachers who work collaboratively together.
From many schools I visit up and down the country, we’re already doing this. Which is why I’m confident the UK as a whole can compete with the best in the world. We already produce incredible teachers - we need to recruit more of them, make sure they work in the schools facing the greatest challenges, and support them to develop and thrive.”
These results come ahead of PISA international rankings next week. For spokespeople, comment or case studies for either story, please contact the Teach First press team on firstname.lastname@example.org,uk