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Home > News > Professional Issues > Professional Issues Volume 10 > Research project launched to support early career teachers

Research project launched to support early career teachers

New study aims to understand the challenges faced by early career teachers, and better plan and provide tailored support in overcoming those challenges.

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Issue snapshot:

  • Retention, attrition and turnover rates are an increasing issue among early career teachers.
  • IEUA-QNT along with its partners has launched the Beginning Teacher Workforce Planning Project.
  • Early Career members can participate in the research project by completing this survey

Concerns about the Australian teaching workforce involve issues of supply and demand, which according to The Education Ministerial Advisory Group (TEMAG) are on the rise along with the retention, attrition and turnover rates of early career teachers.

According to the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL), one of the major points when early career teacher attrition can occur is within the first five years of employment. 

To better understand the challenges faced by early career teachers, and better plan and provide tailored support in overcoming those challenges, our union, in partnership with the Australian Catholic University (ACU), Queensland Teachers Union (QTU) and the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT), has launched The Beginning Teacher Workforce Planning Project.

The project focuses on early career teachers in Queensland to inform Queensland educational decision and policy makers. However, the findings and outcomes of this project will be applicable to different national and international settings. 

The aim of this project is to: 

  • Develop an in-depth understanding of concerns around early career teacher attrition rates; and 
  • Explain and reveal school leaders' expectations for early career teachers and how these perceptions impact the early career teachers’ workforce.

The need to know more about the impact that teaching workforce issues have on student achievement has informed the main research questions of this project: 

  1. What are the interrelationships between workforce issues, such as teacher appointments and qualifications, teacher attrition and retention (especially for early career teachers)?
  2. What are the perceptions about the implications workforce planning has for teacher stability and student achievement?  

Early career teacher members can participate in the project by completing this online survey

School leaders are also invited to participate in the project by completing this survey

All participants go in the draw to win $100 shopping voucher. All responses will be de-identified, and your confidentiality and privacy will be fully protected.


Authorised by Terry Burke, Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland & Northern Territory Branch, Brisbane.