How to improve the status of teaching - Grattan Institute

How to improve the status of teaching

by Jordana Hunter, Julie Sonnemann

16.07.2021 report

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Australia needs to attract more high achievers into the teaching profession. Only 3 per cent of high achievers choose teaching for their undergraduate studies, whereas 19 per cent choose science, 14 per cent health, and 9 per cent engineering.

A Grattan Institute survey of almost 950 young high achievers in 2019 – a first in Australia – showed that teaching falls short in two key areas: teacher pay and career challenge.

This submission identifies policy reforms that would lift the status and therefore the quality of teaching.