Exploring the teacher workforce shortage
Onsite from 8 am until 5 pm with four weeks of annual leave, a 40 per cent increase for ‘highly accomplished’ or ‘lead’ teachers, ‘paid internships’ for career-changers, and $40 000 bursaries to encourage school leavers to enroll in teaching. These are all ideas currently being considered by policy makers to address the nationwide teacher shortage.
But many of these are temporary incentives, designed to attract and retain teachers in the short-term, and fail to address the complex issues contributing to the shortage.
In this episode of Illumine, Principal of Brisbane Girls Grammar School, Ms Jacinda Euler, has a candid conversation with Dr Bruce Addison, Deputy Principal (Academic) and Ms Sophie Mynott, Deputy Principal (Co-curriculum) about the ‘teacher shortage’. They discuss what they believe is causing the decline in graduates, resignation of current teachers, and hurdles for mid-career changers, and then examine the solutions being put forward, and ideas of their own for addressing the issues.