Education Minister’s plan to lure in teachers amid mass exodus – Sky News Australia

Jason Clare has revealed plans to “better prepare” teachers for the classroom ahead of a meeting with state and territory governments on Friday to address an increasing shortage of educators around Australia.
Federal Education Minister Jason Clare has revealed potential initiatives to help lure teachers into the classroom amid a nationwide shortage.
The Education Minister is set to meet with state and territory governments on Friday amid plans to attract more Australians to take up a teaching degree at university. 
He appeared on Sky News Australia on Thursday where he spoke openly on his ideas to better prepare teachers entering the classroom for the first time.
“We need better practical experience in first year, more paid internships for final year students, as well as better production processes, mentoring, classroom behaviour management support for teachers in first, second and third year,” he told Sky News Reporter Kieran Gilbert. 
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Mr Clare said about 70 per cent of students who start a university degree complete it, but only 50 per cent of students undertaking a teaching degree finish the course. 
“Particularly for first and second year teachers, if they can get a little bit more help with lesson planning it takes the burden off them,” he said. 
“Anything that can take some of the workload off teachers after school to give them more time to teach.
“I think that is going to help us keep more valuable teachers in our school.”
The Education Minister also recognised the mass exodus of teachers who are burnt out from the job. 
“This idea that teachers start at 9am and finish at 3pm is rubbish,” Mr Clare said. 
“Teachers will often tell you they don’t get enough time to teach.
“Because they’re focused on the admin side of the job that could potentially be done by someone else at the school whose not a qualified teacher.”
Teachers in New South Wales could be offered higher salaries of up to $130,000 a year after the NSW Government unveiled plans to keep educators in the classroom.
Increased wages, bonuses and incentives will be put on the table. 
Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell hopes the initiatives will create a “stronger career path” with a salary that recognises teachers’ “expertise and excellence”.
“It gives them an opportunity to be rewarded financially for the amazing work that they do,” she said in a press conference on Thursday. 
Newly graduated educators in NSW start their first year of teaching with a salary of $73,737 and can earn more than $117,000 for lead teacher duties.
But Ms Mitchell said they often leave the classroom and move into management roles like an assistant principal to secure higher pay.
“NSW has some of the best teachers in the world, but they often leave the classroom and move into management roles to secure higher pay and career progression,” she said. 
“Taking away from that day-to-day teaching and engagement with students, which is the part of their job they love the most.”
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