Attracting teachers to rural and remote Queensland: A case study
For many years the supply of graduate teachers, including specialist secondary teachers for Queensland state schools, has largely met demand. In recent years however, attracting and retaining specialist teachers in some Queensland locations and curriculum areas has become more challenging.
Reflective of wider Australian and international trends, balancing the supply of specialist teachers to meet current and future demands requires planning and early action. Taking a traditional approach to recruiting teachers (as vacancies arise) can result in shortfalls when unplanned absences, retirements and promotions occur unexpectedly. Subjects that are already hard to fill such as senior mathematics and science, English, languages, industrial technology and design (manual arts) are even more elusive in the middle of a school term. Many schools located in low socio-economic, regional, rural and remote communities are also experiencing challenges in recruiting teachers for the breadth of learning phases and curriculum areas.
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