Interesting to read that the average age of teachers in Catholic schools is now 40. This is nearly 10 years below that of their colleagues in government schools.
It’s predicted that in the next 5 to 10 years, 40% of government school teachers will retire. This will mark a significant generational change, one that will be delayed in Catholic schools for yet another decade.
Any acknowledgement of generational change in the teaching profession is a reminder of the importance of attracting, selecting and developing the type of teachers who will best serve schools in the future.
I think if we are to attract the best and brightest to the profession, the seeds are usually sown during the years of schooling by example of staff and, often, by personal suggestion or invitation.
Good educators and school leaders shouldn’t hesitate to invite the most committed students to consider a future as teachers and help shape innovative learning communities for the 21st century.
Do we speak postively about being a teacher?