The PISA results are interesting but do not compare ‘like with like’. In Australia, one of the most diverse nations in the world, teachers work with an incredible diversity of students, and need to meet the needs of a wide range of learning styles and do not benefit from a ‘culture of compliance’, arising from structural factors, evident in other nations. Thus a critique of different education systems needs to be moderated by understanding the unique factors that characterise schools in each nation.
The Global Professional Tutors Association (GPTA) will be officially launching on the 13th of December 2016. The GPTA has been formed in recognition of the need for responsible self-regulation internationally for an industry that is growing rapidly. The tutoring industry is estimated to be worth USD$100bn internationally and the GPTA is proud to be the first peak body for tutors worldwide in benchmarking accountability within the private tutoring sector.