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The number of teachers leaving the profession has increased at a time the student population is also on the rise, prompting concerns Australia could be facing a teacher shortage.
The population of school students is expected to increase by 26 per cent by 2022
A recent study found between 30 and 50 per cent of teachers give up their job within the first five years
Teachers say challenges they face include student behaviour and pressure from the curriculum
A recent report by the Australian Council for Educational Research found that somewhere between 30 and 50 per cent of teachers give up their job within their first five years in the profession.
The population of school students is expected to increase by 26 per cent by 2022 and more teachers will be needed to teach those students, or class sizes will once more need to become larger.
If the ratio of teachers to students continues to fall, Australia could face a teacher shortage, at the very time it is intending to increase its innovation agenda.
Kimberly Crawford said she chose to leave her job as a primary school teacher in Brisbane after five years.
You have this sort of domino effect where the work burden sort of gets passed on and on and teachers' burn out
"I was keen to stay in the education sector to a certain degree, but just really felt that I was emotionally burnt out from the demands of a classroom environment," Ms Crawford said.
"There were a large amount of additional needs, I taught children with behavioural difficulties and a wide range of special needs.
"A lot of the time it was dependent on seeking out support yourself."
Merryn McKinnon, a lecturer at the Australian National University, has researched teacher attrition rates and said they have found that the level of work teachers are expected to do has increased over time.
"You have this sort of domino effect where the work burden sort of gets passed on and on and teachers' burn out," Ms Mckinnon said.
"So ultimately we're sort of short-changing students in many ways."
The Australian Council for Educational Research report found even conservative estimates show big increases in the number of primary school-aged children in the next four years.
They estimate there will be an extra 92,000 primary school kids in New South Wales by 2020, as well as more than 100,000 both in Victoria and Queensland.