John Bangs

John Bangs

John Bangs is Chair of the OECD's Trade Union Advisory Committee's Working Group on Education, Training and Employment Policy and is also Senior Consultant to Education International for work in the OECD.

Until 1990 he was a teacher for twenty years in a school for children with special educational needs in London's East End and then joined the National Union of Teachers as its Head of Education and Equality before retiring in 2010 to work with EI and Cambridge University.

Thursday, 10 December 2015

PISA-Leaning Tower or not?

The OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment or PISA has been running for fifteen years. It is not the only international survey of student achievement. There are others such as TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) and PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study) but it is the one to which policy makers and the media now give the greatest attention. It is also the most controversial- certainly amongst academics and researchers. Last year an open letter was signed by ...

The first two Summits in New York were always going to be a tough act to follow. They were the brainchild of the two US teacher unions, the NEA and the AFT and the US Education Secretary. The third ISTP hosted by the Netherlands with its EI affiliates had to demonstrate that the initial Summits were not just events unique to the US but could be part of a continuing commitment by OECD member countries. Did it achieve this goal? ...

Monday, 08 October 2012

World Teachers' Day reflection

I’ve just come back from a speaking at a panel at UNESCO’s World Teachers’ Day celebration. Chaired by EI’s Deputy General Secretary David Edwards, its speakers ranged from Ron Thorpe, Chair of the US’ National Board for Professional Teaching Standards through to Sofialaetica Morales, Senior adviser on the  Millenium Development Goals, and Aniceto  Sobrepena, President of the MetroBank Foundation in the Philippines. The messages from the panel were very clear- nothing matters more than developing the teaching profession –in partnership ...

Suddenly the majority of countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development are talking about growth. The words on the lips of everybody who attended the OECD’s Forum last week went further. ‘Inclusive growth’ are the watchwords. The OECD’s homepage makes it clear that the financial crisis is hitting the poorest the hardest and that social inclusion must be the objective of countries’ growth policies. This stark, and I have to say welcome, assessment of the threat facing societies, either ...

Contributors

  • Tanvir Muntasim is the International Policy Manager, Education for ActionAid. His role entails monitoring and engaging with key education related global policy debates, platforms and networks. He previously worked for…

  • Steven J. Klees (sklees@umd.edu) is the R. W. Benjamin Professor of International and Comparative Education at the University of Maryland. He did his Ph.D. at Stanford University and has taught…

  • Stephen Ball is a Karl Mannheim Professor of Sociology of Education at UCL, Institute of Education, London UK, an education policy researcher and author of several books on education policy including…

  • David Archer is Head of Programme Development with ActionAid (www.actionaid.org), a board member of the Global Campaign for Education (www.campaignforeducation.org ) and is the elected representative for Northern civil society…

  • David Robinson is the executive director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers, representing academic and general staff at colleges and universities across Canada.

  • Gita Steiner-Khamsi, Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York is a past president of the Comparative and International Education Society. She published several books on globalization, comparative policy…

  • Emma is a doctoral researcher, a secondary teacher of languages and English of 20 years in the UK maintained sector. She is currently leading an English department in North London…

  • Christopher Lubienski is Professor of education policy at the University of Illinois, and Sir Walter Murdoch Visiting Professor at Murdoch University in Western Australia. His research focuses on education policy,…

  • Antoni Verger is associate professor at the Department ofSociology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and a researcher of the 'Globalisation, Education and Social Policies' research centre. His main areas…

  • D. Brent Edwards Jr. is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor of Educational Administration and International Education at Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA. His work focuses on the political economy of education…

  • Jelmer Evers is a history teacher in a secondary school and is involved in classroom innovation. Jelmer gives advice, workshops and guest lectures on new forms of pedagogy and is involved…

  • Susan Hopgood is the President of Education International, the world’s largest federation of unions, representing 30 million education employees in about 400 organisations across the globe. She is the Federal…

  • Iveta Silova is an Associate Professor and Director of Comparative and International Education program at the College of Education, Lehigh University. Her research and publications cover a range of issues…

  • Susan Robertson is Professor of Sociology of Education at the University of Bristol. Her research is concerned with the changing nature of education as a result of transformations in the…

  • Clara Fontdevila is a PhD candidate at the Department of Sociology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, with a thesis project on the post-2015 global education agenda. She has collaborated…

  • Carolina Junemann is a researcher at the UCL Institute of Education, London where she carries out research on education policy. She is the co-author with Stephen Ball of "Networks, New…

  • Lois Weiner is a professor of education at New Jersey City University and a member of AFT Local  #1839. She co-edited with Mary Compton a collection of essays, the “The…

  • Angelo Gavrielatos is the Project Director at Educational International (EI) responsible for leading EI's response to the growing commercialisation and privatisation of education.He was the Federal President of the Australian…

  • Fred van Leeuwen is the General Secretary of Education International. Education International represents organisations of teachers and other education employees across the globe.It is the world’s largest federation of unions, representing 30…

  • Tore Bernt Sørensen currently is a PhD student at the Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol. His PhD project concerns the reasons for andimplications of the increased attention directed…