What is the National Teacher Workforce Strategy?
In June 2019, Education Council committed to reviewing teacher workforce needs of the future to attract and retain quality teachers and prioritise specific areas of need. Ministers agreed that shared challenges and opportunities in developing a skilled, capable and sustainable quality teaching workforce that supports the best outcomes for students will be explored in the development of the strategy.
As agreed by Education Council, the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) will lead the development of the strategy, in close consultation and collaboration with education authorities and other key stakeholders.
Areas of potential focus include:
- developing an understanding of supply and demand for teachers
- supporting teachers and the teaching profession
- identifying and developing the ‘educators of the future’
- addressing priority needs
- building data and evidence.
The Australian Teacher Workforce Data (ATWD) collection will support the development and implementation of the strategy. Further data, evidence and consultation will be essential in developing a comprehensive and forward-looking national strategy which supports, and is supported by, the teaching profession.
Education ministers will receive a draft strategy in early 2020. This project will deliver National Policy Initiative B(i) under the National School Reform Agreement, an agreement between all Australian governments.
Read the Education Council Communique on the National Teacher Workforce Strategy (refer page 2).
If you would like to know more, please contact the NTWS Secretariat.