TALIS is the OECD’s Teaching and Learning International Survey which provides internationally comparative perspective on conditions of teaching and learning.

TALIS collects data on the learning environment and the working conditions of teachers in schools across the world with the aim to provide valid, timely and comparable information from the perspective of practitioners in schools. Cross-country analysis from TALIS enables countries to identify other countries facing similar challenges and to learn from other policy approaches to develop a high-quality teaching profession.

TALIS began in 2008 in 24 countries (including Estonia).

More information about TALIS is available at OECD website

TALIS 2013

TALIS 2013 covers 34 countries. 3129 lower secondary teachers (38%) and 197 school leaders (49%) in Estonia participated in the survey.

TALIS 2013 Results: An International Perspective on Teaching and Learning

Country profile Estonia

  • The typical teacher in lower secondary education in Estonia is a 48 year old woman, who reports having 22 years of teaching experience and who completed a teacher education or training programme.
  • On average, principals in Estonia are 52 years old and report having 12 years of experience in their role.
  • 93% of lower secondary teachers report having undertaken professional development in the 12 months prior to the survey. The areas in which the highest proportions of teachers report a high need for professional development are developing information and communications technology (ICT) skills for teaching and strategies for using new technologies in the workplace.
  • Teachers in Estonia report spending 84% of their lesson time on actual teaching and learning. This means that 14% of their time is reportedly spent on administrative tasks and keeping order in the classroom (5% and 9%, respectively). They also report spending 21 hours per week on average teaching, 7 hours preparing lessons and 4 hours marking student work.
  • More than 90% teachers report overall satisfaction with their job. However, only 14% of them believe that teaching is a valued profession in society.


Last updated: 4 December 2014