How can I survive the teacher drought?

Numerous statistics constantly get thrown around about teacher retention. The ABC News recently referred to this phenomenon as ‘the teacher drought’, with the ABS stating that 52% of teachers leave the profession within the first five years of their careers.

For beginning teachers that fell in love with the profession, these statistics can be daunting. At PRAC-E Symposium III, our panel of expert educators detailed why they think this ‘drought’ is occurring, and how young teachers can stick with the profession long term.

Enjoy our video and podcast below:


  • School culture is very important. Try your best to get in and see the culture of the school first-hand before starting a job there. Be sure to find somewhere like-minded.
  • Create your own support networks, and give yourself a break every now and then.
  • Be honest with yourself. Why are you going into teaching? It should not be a ‘job’, it’s a calling.
  • Collaborate with staff around you. Make sure you contextualise your early experiences with senior staff members.
  • A lot of variables in the classroom are out of your control. Be the best you can be and don’t beat yourself up about mistakes.
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