Teacher exodus: Why are teachers leaving and what are the solutions?

Educators and teachers are exiting the profession at a staggering rate. Approximately 8% of teachers are leaving each year and some surveys suggest that over 50% are considering leaving in the near future. The problem is huge in primary and secondary schools and perhaps even more alarming in Early Childhood education. The idea that there are simply not enough teachers to educate the next generation is inconceivable to most people. Teachers are the custodians of our future and without them, the future is bleak.

Our June event considers what some of the evidence has to say about the issues which include:

  • Pay and conditions
  • Status
  • Career pathways
  • High number and complexity of legislative and regulatory requirements
  • High staff turnover
  • De-professionalisation

Our expert speakers will address these and other issues and present data and information about:

  • What are the problems?
  • What are the causes?
  • What are the solutions?
  • What works? What doesn’t work?
  • What can schools do?
  • What can governments do?
  • What can we do?

There will be an opportunity for audience questions.

Our expert speakers:

Professor Jenny Gore is a Laureate Professor in the School of Education at the University of Newcastle. A leader in education in Australia and internationally, Jenny was Dean of Education and Head of School at the University of Newcastle from 2008 to 2013 and is currently leading a number of major research projects with her colleagues at the University of Newcastle as Director of the Teachers and Teaching Research Centre.




Professor Sandie Wong is a Professor in Early Childhood at the Macquarie School of Education, Macquarie University. Sandie’s research has been widely published in Australia and internationally and she is currently conducting extensive research and evaluations related to early childhood workforce issues.

Sandie is President of OMEP Australia (Organisation Mondiale pour l’Education Prescolaire [OMEP] or the World Organisation for Early Childhood Education




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