Perceptions of Teachers & Teaching in Australia

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This report summarises data from 2000+ Australian teachers and 1000+ members of the general public. There are six key findings: 

1. While just over half of teachers are satisfied with their job (56%), a third of teachers (34%) expressed dissatisfaction with their role as a teacher.

2. Although the public feels that teachers are respected and trusted, this is not consistently transferring to teachers feeling appreciated for the work that they do. 

3. Teacher workload is an area of serious concern for teachers, and is also recognised as an issue by members of the public. Workload concerns are influencing teachers’ intention to leave the profession, and form part of the reason people would not recommend teaching as a career. 

4. Teachers are concerned about health, safety, and wellbeing, and these concerns have implications for the length of time respondents saw themselves remaining in the profession. 

5. Teaching can be a challenging profession. Teachers’ insights into the challenges they face can inform policy and practice. 

6. Attention to workload and wellbeing factors that are concerning both teachers and the public may have the greatest impact on teacher retention, as well as attracting future teachers to the profession. 

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