There is a nationwide shortage of teachers which is projected to steadily worsen.
The race is on for states and territories to recruit the educators they will need in the future and to retain the ones they currently have employed.
A national teacher crisis is being driven by a combination of factors. At the same time student enrolment growth is creating demand for more teachers, the desirability of teaching as a profession is diminishing. Escalating workload stress is causing high burnout rates and teacher’s pay has now slipped relative to other comparable professions, over the long term.
Across Tasmania, schools are reporting teacher shortages in overall number but also in specific discipline areas such as STEM, music and languages as well as shortages in relief teachers.