A NEW campaign will be launched today in a bid to attract teachers to high priority teaching areas across regional Queensland.
Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek said the Teach Rural campaign would highlight the teaching opportunities created by the impending move of Year 7 to high school.
He said the campaign aimed to dispel the myths surrounding teaching in rural and remote areas, and highlighted professional and lifestyle opportunities for new and experienced teachers.
"As of April this year there were almost 16,000 active applicants seeking employment in Queensland state schools, of which 3305 are recent university graduates," he said.
"We need up to 1300 additional teachers in junior secondary to support the move of year seven to high school next year.
"Moving outside the state's south-east can open teachers up to incredible personal and professional opportunities.
"Young Queenslanders deserve the very best educational experience regardless of where they live and great teachers play a critical role in shaping that experience."
Mr Langbroek said, in addition to addressing the need for teachers in regional and rural parts of the state, the formal recruitment process for junior secondary teachers had recently commenced.
"To support junior secondary students in years seven to nine, we need teachers who can demonstrate a real understanding of the academic, social and emotional needs of early adolescents," he said.
"For this reason, we greatly value the experience of existing primary teachers, but we are also looking for new and pre-service teachers to register their interest in junior secondary without delay."
Further information about the Teach Rural initiative can be found online at www.teach.qld.gov.au/rural
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