teacher shortage

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

Teacher shortages: Is teaching family-friendly now?

By Jo Lampert, Amy McPherson and Bruce Burnett

Teaching has rarely been a job where you could go home, simply forget about work and relax every night. However, even when the truth of the myth of family-friendly statements are interrogated, there remains public perception that teachers get ‘excessive’ holidays. What some people think of as family-friendly work environments, others criticise, claiming teachers have it too easy. 

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

Good question: Did the teaching panel even look at what’s available now?

By Damian Blake

Having been a reviewer of many ITE programs myself, I have seen a relatively high degree of consistency in relation to what is being taught, practised, and assessed regarding effective pedagogical practice and classroom management.

One day to go: the great education reckoning as parties eye the election prize

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

The ‘education election’? Before heading to the polling booths this Saturday, we take stock of how the major political parties, and the newly formed Public Education Party, stack up over their policies and priorities for education.  It has been a difficult time for public education over the last decade. Research has documented that the teaching

How to fix the teacher shortage

By Chandravadan Shah, Paul Richardson and Helen Watt

Teacher shortages are not a new thing. It is difficult to envisage a time when every school in

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

When one shocking shortage led to another

By Meghan Stacey

Here is another of our intermittent blogs during the #AARE2022 conference. If you want to cover a session at the conference, please email jenna@aare.edu.au to check in. Thanks! Symposium: ‘Teacher shortages in Australian schools: reactive workforce planning for a wicked policy problem’ (post starts after the photos!) With nine people sitting on the floor, six standing,

Why teacher unions matter now more than ever

By Mihalja Gavin

Teachers are striking. Not just in NSW, Australia, where the NSW Teachers’ Federation went on strike when it

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