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Aspiring teachers, financial incentives, and principals’ recruitment practices in hard-to-staff schools

journal contribution
posted on 2023-04-13, 05:19 authored by Jillian BlackmoreJillian Blackmore, Linda HobbsLinda Hobbs, J Rowlands
The crisis of teacher shortages in Anglophone nation states can no longer be ignored as this long-term issue has been compounded by the pandemic. Growing evidence of the challenges of attracting and retaining a teaching workforce is now foregrounded in education policy internationally. This issue provides increased impetus for studying teacher motivations and principal dispositions particularly in relation to roles in hard-to-staff schools that tend to be in disadvantaged or rural communities in terms of how policies are received and enacted. This mixed methods study examined a teacher financial incentive (TFI) scheme aimed at facilitating the appointment of qualified teachers in hard-to-staff government schools in Victoria, Australia. Although evidence of TFI scheme’s effects and effectiveness as a policy solution to teacher shortages is limited, TFI schemes are widespread internationally. Our study shows that while the Victorian TFI scheme resulted in successful appointments for most participating schools, a financial incentive was only one among many other policy settings, personal and professional factors and other motivations informing teachers’ decisions to apply for a TFI position and the recruitment practices of principals.

History

Journal

Journal of Education Policy

Volume

ahead-of-print

Pagination

1-20

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

0268-0939

eISSN

1464-5106

Language

en

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

ahead-of-print

Publisher

Informa UK Limited