teacher pay

Housing: how to fix the teacher shortage

By Scott Eacott

Legislation requires governments to provide every child with a quality education, regardless of where they live and what school they attend.  But meeting this requirement is at risk because of  two crises: housing affordability and teacher shortages.  As we require children and youth of a certain age to attend school, we need to be able

Teachers now: Why I left and where I’ve gone

By Robyn Brandenburg, Ellen Larsen, Richard Sallis and Alyson Simpson

“When you are a high achieving person, teaching sets you up for failure because you are never enough for everybody.” The teaching profession is in crisis. By 2025, the federal government estimates a shortfall of more than 4,000 high school teachers across the country. While there is a significant body of research that has tracked

Dear Premier, this will not work. Not now, not ever

By Jessica Holloway

A select number of teachers in NSW will soon be eligible for increased salaries of up to $152,000. This comes at a time when schools across Australia are facing devastating teacher shortages, while dwindling numbers of prospective teachers are pursuing teaching as a career. According to NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet, “This is seismic reform that

What the remarkable Mr Laing did next

By Paul Laing

Editor’s note: In 2021, Paul Laing won EduResearch Matters Blog/Blogger of the Year Award, which recognises an outstanding

What you should know now about the NSW government and Dolores Umbridge’s evil ways

By Alison Bedford

The NSW Government has announced the creation of an ‘expert teacher’ role, to be paid almost $150 000

Why is there so much talk about teachers right now? Because we are afraid of them

By Meghan Stacey, Mihajla Gavin, Jessica Gerrard, Anna Hogan and Jessica Holloway

The federal minister for education Jason Clare convened a roundtable to solve the teacher shortage on the eve of the new government’s Job Summit. Items on the agenda? It wasn’t hard to go past working conditions, status, and a growing, chronic teacher shortage as the impetus for history-making industrial action and considerable media coverage. Concerns about

Why performance pay will never fix the disastrous teaching crisis

By Mihajla Gavin and Susan McGrath-Champ

The NSW teaching profession is currently in crisis. However, recent education reform announcements to address the crisis miss the mark. Teacher workloads have reached unsustainable levels. Our survey research of over 18,000 NSW public sector teachers showed that teachers are now working an average of 55 hours per week. Increased data collection requirements, constant curriculum

Teachers deserve more than love and praise. They deserve a raise.

By Mihajla Gavin, Susan McGrath-Champ, Meghan Stacey and Rachel Wilson

Our second post on the NSW Teachers’ strike It has been 10 years since NSW public sector teachers

The future of teachers’ pay: time to send a better price signal

By John Buchanan

Today we will feature two posts on the NSW Teachers’ strike. This is the first post. At the peak of their careers teachers earn less than electricians, physios, PR people and chiropractors and half that paid to lawyers and finance managers. What we pay people – especially those at the top of their game –