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It’s estimated up to 50% of teachers leave the profession within five years of graduating. Shutterstock/VCoscaron

Fewer casual positions and less out-of-hours work could help retain early career teachers

If we don’t find ways to keep new teachers in schools then we face a teacher shortage, larger class sizes and more people teaching outside their field of expertise.
The programs are long and intense, the creativity and relationships aspect of the vocation has been eroded, there is pervasive negativity in the media, and comparatively poor salary and working conditions. Shutterstock

Seven reasons people no longer want to be teachers

There's been a drop in the number of people enrolling in teacher preparation courses. This is due to problems such as pay, professional autonomy, and a national obsession with standardised testing.

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