Teacher Training in Germany: Preparing Educators for Increasingly Diverse Classrooms

Policy Brief | September 2016

Every third school child in Germany has a migration background. For most teachers, it has long been the norm to teach pupils with different origins and native languages. However, teachers in most federal states are still inadequately prepared for everyday school life in Germany as an immigration country. This is shown by the joint analysis conducted by the Expert Council's Research Unit and the Mercator Institute for Literacy and Language Education. The core recommendation: basic training in language development and intercultural education must be guaranteed for all teachers in Germany.