Six ways to support new teachers to stay in the profession

It’s in everyone’s best interest to have high quality teachers.

Dr Suzanne Hudson, Southern Cross University; Alexandra Lasczik, Southern Cross University, and Sarah James, Southern Cross University

Teaching is hard. Staying in the teaching profession can sometimes be even harder. There’s a lack of national data about attrition, but the Queensland College of Teachers estimates anywhere between 8-50% of new teachers leave the profession within the first five years.

High workloads, perceived lack of support, work-life balance and the absence of recognition appear to impact new teachers’ decisions to stay. Some new teachers also report a lack of job security.

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