Monday, May 20, 2024

150 former teachers set to return to NSW classrooms

The NSW Government says close to 150 former teachers are poised to return to public school classrooms this term, after accepting an offer as part of the Teachers Re-Engage initiative.

Since November last year, the NSW Department of Education has contacted more than 1,500 teachers who quit their jobs in the past five years to ask them to consider returning.

It says more than 260 have expressed interest in returning to service, with 145 now linked with schools to perform casual and temporary work in more than 600 schools across the state.

“We are doing everything we can to get more teachers in classrooms and Teachers Re-engage is part of our laser focus on reversing the teacher shortage that built up under the Liberals and Nationals,” said NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Education and Early Learning, Prue Car.

“NSW started the new school year with a 20% drop in the number of teacher vacancies, compared to the same time last year, but there is a long way to go.

“It’s wonderful to see the passion for teaching reignited among hundreds of experienced educators who thought they had taught their last lesson – but thanks to changes being made by the Labor Government, have decided to return.

“Ensuring every class has a qualified teacher in front of it is vital to improving student outcomes, which declined under the Liberals and Nationals.”

The Minister said the Department has simplified the re-employment process for returning teachers by providing support for attaining accreditation, approval to teach, and a Working with Children Check.

Teachers re-engaged under the program will add to the department’s pool of qualified teachers who can cover gaps due to absences in schools, relieving pressure on other teachers and principals and reducing the amount of merged and cancelled classes in NSW schools, she said.

Other employment options are also available to the cohort, including permanent teaching positions and working as small group tutors.

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