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 ...

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  • Frances Vavrus is a Professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development at the University of Minnesota and Co-Director of the University's Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Xavier Bonal is Special Professor in Education and International Development at the University of Amsterdam and Associate Professor in Sociology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). He is Director…

  • María Luisa Sánchez Simón is an advisor on higher education for the Spanish teachers' federation, FECCOO. At the regional level in Galicia, she is a member of the executive board…

  • Mary Metcalfe has worked in education since 1974. She was elected as a member of the African National Congress in the first democratic elections in 1994 and was appointed as…

  • Pauline Rose is the Director of the Education for All Global Monitoring Report.  Prior to taking up this post in 2011, she was Senior Policy Analyst with the GMR team for…

  • 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…

  • Bob Lingard is a Professor in the School of Education at The University of Queensland. His most recent books include Politics, Policies and Pedagogies in Education (Routledge,2014) and Globalizing Education…

  • 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…

  • Adrián Zancajo is a researcher at the Globalisation, Education and Social Policies (GEPS) research centre of Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB).  He is currently undertaking a PhD in Education on education…

  • Purna Kumar Shrestha works as an Education Research and Advocacy Adviser at VSO, the world’s leading independent development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. Purna,…

  • 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…

  • William C. Smith is a Senior Associate with RESULTS Educational Fund where he is developing the Right to Education Index (RTEI). Prior to this position he completed a dual title…

  • Dion Burns is a research analyst at the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE). His work focuses on international education and policy. He has previously worked in education…

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

  • 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…

  • Anna Hogan is a lecturer at the University of Queensland, Australia where she researches the role of global edu-business on education policy and practice. Anna has a number of publications…