Friday, 29 March 2019. 9.30am – 4pm. MCG
Forum registration: https://www.trybooking.com/459782
A number of SoEd staff, together with representatives of the media, political parties, governments, unions, peak education bodies, school leaders, teacher education students, teachers, youth advocates, ITE academics and think tank researchers will meet in Melbourne on 29 March 2019 to discuss ways to improve the status of teachers in Australia.
‘We constantly hear that we need to attract the best and the brightest into teaching, but there is no silver bullet or quick-fix solution. We need a long-term, collaborative, national strategy that works on many levels,’ the Forum host, Australian Council of Deans of Education (ACDE) President, Professor Tania Aspland, says.
The issue needs to be tackled on several fronts with fresh thinking in areas that include:
- Ways to inspire secondary students to become teachers
- Improving support for potential teachers from educators, parents, partners and peers
- Understanding current promotion of the teaching profession and how it can be improved
- Media framing of the profession
- Pathways into the profession
- Pay and working conditions compared to other prestigious careers
- Trajectories for career advancement
- Teacher wellbeing
‘The continuing drop in teacher education applications is happening while primary school student numbers are rising and many in the aging teacher workforce are approaching retirement,’ Professor Aspland says.
‘The attractiveness of the teaching profession is vitally important if we are to ensure that we havethe best candidates to teach the students, who are our nation’s future, and also avoid a shortage of teachers.
‘Changing negative perceptions of the teaching profession will not happen overnight so it is critical that we, as a collaboration, get to work as soon as possible,’ she says.
All those interested in improving the status of teachers are welcome although seats are limited.
A copy of the agenda is attached: https://ourschool.education/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/SOT-Agenda-2019.pdf