Out of Field Teachers
Day 8 budgeting and the demand for more subject offerings means that the compulsory subjects, English and maths, are often going to be taught by teachers with no training in the field.
You know that the adage ‘you can speak it, you can teach it’ is wrong, but the reality is that over 40% of classes in these important subjects are being taught by out of field teachers.
Usually it is in the years 7 – 10 and often it is by new teachers.
You are also aware of the sky rocketing attrition rates of early career teachers and the fact that teaching out of field is regularly given as a contributing factor.
This has been happening for a while and mostly it is managed because of the support and mentoring of experienced teachers.
But then covid-19 happened and everything went remote.