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How Much Time Do Teachers Spend on Teaching and Non-teaching Activities?

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 by Dirk Van Damme



The annual number of teaching hours of teachers differs greatly from one country to another and tends to decrease as the level of education increases.

On average across countries, teachers spend half of their working time in non-teaching activities including planning lessons, marking and collaborating with other teachers.

Keeping order in the classroom, generally the biggest concern for new teachers, occupies an average of 13% of all teachers’ time across countries.

Schools could further benefit from developing ways to use teachers’ time more efficiently so that they could devote more time to professional development, teaching-related work and learning.

Education Indicators in Focus is a recurring series of briefs that highlight specific indicators in OECD’s Education at a Glance that are of particular interest to policy makers and practitioners.

They provide a detailed look into current issues in pre-primary, primary and secondary education, higher education, and adult outcomes from a global perspective, and contain an engaging mix of text, tables and charts that describe the international context of the most pressing questions in education policy and practice.


No. 28. Are young people attaining higher levels of education than their parents? by Etienne Albiser and Gara Rojas González

No. 27. What Are the Earnings Advantages from Education? by Eric Charbonnier and Simon Normandeau

No. 26. Learning Begets Learning: Adult Participation in Lifelong Education, by Simon Normandeau and Gara Rojas González

No. 25. Who are the doctorate holders and where do their qualifications lead them? by Eric Charbonnier, Joris Ranchin and Laudeline Auriol

No. 24. How innovative is the education sector? by Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin and Gwénaël Jacotin

No. 23. At what age do university students earn their first degree? by Dirk Van Damme and Corinne Heckmann

No. 22. How much time do primary and lower secondary students spend in the classroom? by Eric Charbonnier and Nhung Truong

No. 21.  How much are teachers paid and how much does it matter?  by Eric Charbonnier

No. 20. How old are the teachers? by Dirk Van Damme

No. 19. What are tertiary students choosing to study? by David Valenciano

No. 18. What is the impact of the economic crisis on public education spending? by Eric Charbonnier and Joris Ranchin

No. 17. Does upper secondary vocational education and training improve the prospects of young adults? by Rodrigo Castaneda Valle

No. 16. How can countries best produce a highly-qualified young labour force? by Dirk Van Damme

No. 15. How are university students changing? by Ignacio Marin and Corinne Heckmann

No. 14. How is international student mobility shaping up? by Cuauhtemoc Rebolledo-Gómez and Joris Ranchin

No. 13. How difficult is it to move from school to work? by Karinne Logez

No. 12. Which factors determine the level of expenditure on teaching staff? by Eric Charbonnier and Etienne Albiser

No. 11. How do early childhood education and care (ECEC) policies, systems and quality vary across OECD countries? by Miho Taguma

No. 10. What are the social benefits of education? by Koji Miyamoto

No. 9 How does class size vary around the world? by Elisabeth Villoutreix

No. 8 Is increasing private expenditure, especially in tertiary education,associated with less public funding and less equitable access? by Dirk Van Damme

No. 7 How well are countries educating young people to the level needed for a job and a living wage? by Dirk Van Damme

No. 6 What are the returns on higher education for individuals and countries? by J.D. LaRock

No. 5 How is the global talent pool changing? by Pedro Garcia de León, Corinne Heckmann and Gara Rojas González

No: 4 How pronounced is income inequality around the world and how can education help reduce it? by Ji Eun Chung

No: 3 How are girls doing in school – and women doing in employment – around the world? by Eric Charbonnier and Corinne Heckmann

No. 1: How has the global economic crisis affect people with different levels of education? by J.D. LaRock


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