Global Teacher Status Index 2018

The first comprehensive attempt to compare the status of teachers across the world.

What do teachers really mean to us?

The Global Teacher Status Index is based on in-depth opinion by Populus in 35 countries that explores the attitudes on issues ranging from what is a fair salary for teachers to whether they think pupils respect teachers to how highly people rank their own education system. There have been many international comparisons in education, but this the first time that the role of teacher status has been studied in-depth. 

The growth of internationally comparative student assessment measures such as the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), and the annual publication of the OECDs annual Education at a Glance, provides a global perspective of how children perform on comparable educational tests across many countries of the world. Understanding how this performance relates to the competence and effectiveness of teachers has been much debated – with the now famous aphorism that “the quality of an education system cannot exceed the quality of its teachers”. 

But what is much less well understood within discussions of the roles of the teacher in improving pupil outcomes are the roles that social standing, or status, play in the position of teachers in each country, and how these might impact on education systems and pupil results? 

In 2013, the Varkey Foundation conducted the first Global Teacher Status Index (GTSI13) to try and establish the answers to some of these questions. This showed that across all the countries reviewed, teachers occupied a mid-ranking of status, with teachers recording the highest status in China, and lowest in Israel and Brazil. Teachers were most commonly thought to be similar to social workers in terms of status.

Five years on, this work presents an updated analysis to build on the results. 

In this report we are able to show that both high teacher pay and high status are necessary to produce the best academic outcomes for pupils.

Read the 2018 Global Teacher Status index report here 

The countries with the highest and lowest respect for teachers

Play Video

Click the flags below to view the key stats by country.

Previous Findings

Read the previous 2013 Global Teacher Status index report

Infographics from the 2013 report