Australia is seeing its graduate and early career teachers leave the profession at an alarming rate. Researchers estimate around 30% to 50% of teachers leave in their first five years. So what can be done to improve teacher retention?
The key reason new teachers are not retained in the profession is because they do not receive the support and mentoring they need. Working conditions identified by new teachers as contributing to them leaving include: lack of administrative support, poor student discipline, and lack of participation in decision making. Leadership involvement is critical to the successful support and retention of graduate teachers.
Principals Australia Institute (PAI) offers Graduate and Grow workshops for leaders and principals, to support graduate teachers and boost teacher retention. Workshop participants also receive the Graduate and Grow kit, a practical hands-on resource for graduate teachers to use alongside their school leader or mentor. The kit includes guide books, information cards, webinars and more.
Graduate and Grow takes a professional development approach to graduate teacher support, emphasising the importance of relationships to graduate teachers and providing practical resources and tools to assist school leaders to foster the effective teaching practice of teachers who are at the beginning of their roles as classroom practitioners. It also provides graduate teachers with resources and strategies that assist their transition into the teaching profession.
For more information about Graduate and Grow, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, call us on 08 8394 2100, or visit PAI's Event Calendar to find out about upcoming workshops.