Keeping the best

How school leaders engage and retain high quality early career teachers

Prof Bruce Johnson, Dr Anna Sullivan and Assoc Prof Michele Simons

with Dr Tony Daly, Jim Davies and Mark Sparvell

Keeping the best projectARC Linkage Grant 2013–2016

Partner organisation: Principals Australia

2013: $36,000
2014: $76,000
2015: $71,000
2016: $31,000
Total: $214,000

Attracting and retaining high quality teachers to the profession is of international concern as it has far reaching economic and social implications for all nations. In Australia, teacher workforce development has focused predominantly on attracting and recruiting quality teachers, with less attention given to the broader retention process. This study will investigate how school leaders influence new teachers and foster their professional commitment. Furthermore, it will identify micropolitical strategies and activities that can be employed by leaders to promote the effective engagement and retention of quality early career teachers.

Areas of study and research

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