2.2 Foundations and guiding principles for a teacher policy

Activity: Setting teacher policy – principles and implementation

As you read Section 2.2, note down:

  • The key principles and elements that should be included in the policy.
  • The elements that are necessary for implementing a teacher policy.
  • How to capture teacher effectiveness, teacher motivation and teacher professionalism in a vision statement.

Guidelines for education sector plans or policies emphasize ownership, coordination, participation and sustainability through capacity development. Key principles or elements may include: a vision or mission statement setting direction; identifying strategies, capacities and priorities; a holistic approach; a feasibility analysis of trends, constraints and stakeholder commitment affecting implementation and often closely associated with political, economic and natural ‘vulnerabilities’ that form the national context within which a plan is developed and implemented (IIEP and GPE, 2012).

As with a national education policy or plan, a good teacher policy should build a foundation around a number of key principles and elements essential to implementing and achieving this plan, notably:

  • A vision or mission statement and objectives
  • Targets, benchmarks and timelines
  • Comprehensive coverage of key dimensions
  • Assessing the environment: difficulties/challenges/ gaps
  • Relevant data and management
  • Coordination mechanisms.
  • Funding needs and sources
  • Participation and stakeholder commitment
  • Evaluation and revision.

Defining and coordinating policy continued

2.2.1 Vision or mission statement and objectives