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    I'm not a teacher, but was considering studying it. Bit shocked to hear about the oversupply issues in metropolitan areas. That would be pretty stressful after having retrained.
    Something that caught my eye in Sydney - not sure if it's happening in Melb - is the volunteer ethics teacher program for primary schools. They do want a minimum committment of a year, I think, so sounds like it might only be do-able for you in addition to relief work rather than permanent teaching. Might be worth a look.

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    There's an oversupply of certain types of teachers. But if you are specialist trained in Maths, technology, difficult sciences (chem/ physics) there are more jobs.

    If I get student teachers who are specialising in PE for example I always say makeyour second subject Maths, English or a higher level science, not health as a lot tend to do.

    How are you going OP? Have you popped in to see schools?

    How far out are you able to go?

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    Unfortunately we are massively oversupplied in early childhood (kindy) and primary school, particularly in the cities. But massively under supplied in specialist areas and in the country. I'm a Home Ec teacher and literally have gone from job to job with schools ringing me even though they know I am in contract somewhere else. So the "undersupply" of teachers is a bit misleading.

    If I were u I would contact the schools directly. Go in there and speak to the coordinator of supply teaching and put a face to ur name and application. Sometimes all it takes is to get one good day at a school and the call-backs begin....Good luck!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by missie_mack View Post
    Bahaha! Another fallacy! My hubby who is chem/physics and jnr maths qualified has only taught once within his specialisties and spends most of his time teaching HSC biology He has also been waiting almost 7 years for his number to even come up for a perm public school job in NSW. We know quite a few people who qualified at similar times in a similar position and worse he has plenty of experience doing HSC subjects and generally gets good results out of his kids. He has actually considered retraining in biology....
    Principals now have the choice to advertise or employ someone from the waiting list. Most principals would probably choose to advertise.

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    It also depends on your location and where you're willing to work!

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    This isn't encouraging, I'm looking into starting a grad dip ed next year!

    However I would be a Teacher Librarian, which I've always been advised are in short supply... Does anyone know any differently?

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    Quote Originally Posted by missie_mack View Post
    However that is only a recent thing... and there are still no chem/physic jobs being advertised. Infact the advertising of jobs everywhere has been rather quite compared to previous years. I think a lot of schools are waiting to see what happens with the gonski and funding....
    Not sure how recent you think it is, but my boss has been at my school since 2005 and has only ever advertised for positions.

    ETA - it has just been negotiated in the last award that principals must now allocate someone a position either through transfer or appointment after advertising. In other words, they can't advertise 2 positions in a row, it has to alternate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lambjam View Post
    This isn't encouraging, I'm looking into starting a grad dip ed next year!

    However I would be a Teacher Librarian, which I've always been advised are in short supply... Does anyone know any differently?
    Not sure about Canberra, but I'm thinking under this state government, principals will be forced to make cuts through local schools, local decisions and librarians will be the first to go, sadly.

    From memory, there are a couple of positions advertised ATM on NSW DEC website.
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    So what's the hiring like for high school history teachers in nsw? Lol. My ideal town is considered rural but my ideal school I doubt will be ready for another teacher lol. This is scaring me D: dp is just starting primary teaching too because apparently male teachers are more desired through an oversupply of female teachers??


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