We need to accept the commitment to carry on improving until we retire or die…

This is an edited transcript of a presentation by Dylan Wiliam:

I think the only way we can improve teacher quality is to create a culture of continuous improvement.

You see, I think that every teacher needs to get better.

Every teacher fails on a daily basis. If you are not failing you are just not paying attention. Because we fail all the time.

As teachers we fail all the time. We teach these brilliant lessons. We take in the notebooks and look at what the kids have written and we wonder what planet they were on when we were teaching the stuff.

Our daily experience as a teacher is a failure. Which makes it the best job in the world. Because you never get any good at it.

This job you’re doing is so hard that one lifetime isn’t enough to master it. So every single one of you needs to accept the commitment to carry on improving our practice until we retire or die. That is the deal.

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