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Call for a national strategy to attract future teachers

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The Australian Council of Deans of Education (ACDE), the peak body of the university faculties and schools that educate our future teachers is calling on all political parties to support a multi-pronged, collaborative, national strategy to improve the attractiveness of the teaching profession.

"To avoid a widening teacher shortage, we must address the continuing drop in the numbers of those applying to become teachers and also attract the best possible candidates into the profession,” ACDE President, Prof Tania Aspland, says.

“Ad hoc, unconnected, short-term efforts will not progress the issue enough. We need a much more collaborative strategy, which links longer-term actions.”

“These include encouraging more secondary school students and their influencers to consider teaching as a valuable career; teachers” pay and career structures; greater support for early career teachers; ongoing professional development; lessening the administrative burden; and trusting our dedicated teachers to teach,” she says.

“However, if we are to make a collective impact over the next five to 10 years, there also needs to be an adequately resourced lean and agile backbone structure to tie a national strategy, that involves many organisations and diverse approaches, together,” Aspland says.

“This would allow for linkage between individual initiatives, evaluation of ongoing impact, helping to adapt strategies to meet changing conditions, efficient use of resources and the sharing of knowledge and learning between all the moving parts of a national effort.”

“With teachers, we are talking about the workforce that educates 100% of Australia’s future. No one group can make the necessary changes alone. We must be in this together,” she says.

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