Andreas Schleicher commented that New Zealand would be the top in the world in education IF we could solve the major problem we have of one in five of our students not achieving.
One of the challenges he posed was how to get our best teachers and leaders into our most challenging schools.
We talked about making that part of the career structure. Maybe for teachers to advance to the next career stage they need to have worked some time in a challenging school.Maybe before DPs can become principals there would be a requirement to spend some time in a challenging school and to show that they had been part of making a difference for the students in that school.
Seriously - the young teachers that I know who quite clearly have a career in teaching would jump at this challenge. It would be such an exciting opportunity for them. They are all people who want to make a difference in the world. That's easy to spot. Of course they can do it anyway but to make it part of the career structure would add a highly motivating dimension to teaching as a long term career.
I would be very interested in comments from other people on this issue.