The International Alliance of Leading Education Institutes (IALEI) recommends that all countries: # 1. Redefine professionalism: There is an urgent need to recognize teachers’ work as complex and demanding. # 2. Improve the design and delivery of teaching: It must be attractive for the best students to become a teacher. This requires innovative approaches to recruitment and sustained innovation in teacher preparation programmes. # 3. Foster lifelong career learning: Teacher effectiveness is enhanced by comprehensive initial preparation, induction and lifelong development. # 4. Build strong partnerships: Teacher education needs to rest on strong partnerships with key stakeholders. Successful partnerships draw on government support and attract resources from the private sector.