Attracting the best STEM teachers

Wednesday, 16 March, 2022

Attracting the best STEM teachers

The NSW Government has begun recruiting STEM teachers from both interstate and overseas.

The first of the group will step into NSW public school classrooms later this year, in line with the government’s commitment to recruit 560 staff by 2024.

Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said the $14 million drive to recruit teachers from beyond NSW was bringing more teachers into schools across the state.

“We have had a huge response from interstate and overseas teachers, with 100 teachers already moving through our approval-to-teach processes,” she said.

“In addition, we have 3100 more at earlier stages in the process, 1800 of whom are already teachers, which shows how keen people are to move to and teach in NSW.

“This approach is creating a new and reliable pipeline of teachers, while continuing to make sure our teachers are qualified and meet professional standards before they enter the classroom.

“We are also working closely with Investment NSW and the Department of Home Affairs to support international recruits.”

Announced in October 2021, the $125 million NSW Teacher Supply Strategy is a multi-pronged response to the complex challenge of attracting, developing and retaining teachers, while modernising the workforce.

“It is clear the solution to making sure we have great teachers is not just about pay. We need to look wider and deeper, promote the benefits of teaching and reflect the passion I see when I am out in schools every day,” the Minister said.

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