Calling for Education Reform in Australia

Calling for Education Reform in Australia

If you participated in our ‘Status of the Teaching Profession’ survey in 2018 – THANK YOU!

The results are in and Smart Teachers has been invited to discuss are findings in more detail with The Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training under the direction of the current Minister for Education, the Hon Dan Tehan MP.

What does this mean?

We are taking all the survey data that you provided with us to the Australian government with the aim of improving the status for teachers across the country.

What did surveyed teachers say?

Overwhelmingly and unsurprisingly, we had 47% of 1,964 Australian teachers tell us they are planning to walk away from the profession in the next 1-3 years.

The most significant threat to teachers’ wellbeing and job satisfaction was heavy workloads that impacted on personal time.

We learned that a lot of teachers are working without position descriptions, mentors or clear guidelines as to how the trajectory of their career can be shaped.

The main messages we received were:

‘Respect. Teaching needs to be viewed by society, government and parents as a profession, not a political football or a babysitting service.’

‘More permanent jobs for experienced teachers.’

‘Effective management of teachers within schools with appropriate performance management and counselling.’

‘Less face to face hours, smaller classes, more time for P/L and preparation.’

‘Reduce paper load for teachers. Teachers need more time to plan their lessons not analysing data. Schools should appoint data managers in schools.’

‘Higher pay to reflect work load.’

‘Better mentoring and support for beginning teachers.’

‘Stop abuse from parents.’

We firmly believe that when a teacher and school are matched with each other appropriately, we can achieve positive and long-lasting results for the educator, school community and the students.

When these matches are unsuitable we can then observe these pain points of contracts not eventuating into permanent roles, higher workloads that lead to burn out, disillusionment and pressure from parents.

Implementing more human and digital resources into schools can help stop teachers from leaving the profession all together.

More resources would bring the teaching profession in line with other industries and provide all educators with clearer career pathways, job descriptions that match their abilities, fairer workloads, appropriate salaries and support to grow and achieve in their role.

You can read the full government submission here:

Inquiry into the status of the teaching profession

It’s not too late to participate in the discussion, get in touch today:

letschat@smartteachers.com.au