Sydney Catholic teachers getting younger

Catholic teachers across the Sydney archdiocese are younger than they were a decade ago, a recent report has revealed.

The Catholic Weekly reports the Catholic Education Office (CEO) has released statistics showing the average age of teachers is 40.7 compared with nearly 50 years less than ten years ago.

The statistics also show the average age of all teachers across NSW is almost four years older than the Catholic school average.

It has also been revealed that teachers under 30 years of age now make up 23 per cent of the workforce in Sydney's Catholic schools. Forty-seven per cent are under 40 years of age.

A total of 333 beginning teachers have also been employed for parish primary and regional secondary schools in the Archdiocese of Sydney in the past two years.

Executive Director of Schools, Br Kelvin Canavan (pictured), says initiatives over recent years aimed at ensuring a healthy supply of quality teachers in Sydney's Catholic schools is now paying off.

"It was not so long ago that we became very concerned examining statistics that pointed to an ageing teacher population, imminent mass retirements of the baby boomers and a threatened teacher shortage," Br Canavan said.

"The pressure is easing a little today as large numbers of university graduates are attracted to our schools. Catholic schools in Sydney are becoming increasingly popular with young teachers.

"Most also graduate with Religious Education qualifications and others are assisted to acquire them in their first few years in the classrooms."

Br Canavan says the CEO began an active program of initiatives in 1999 which has grown considerably over the years.

"From a small pilot program, this is now a sophisticated recruitment strategy that has seen many high quality teachers being offered positions," he says.

'Healthy supply' of teachers (Catholic Weekly 13/01/08)

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15 Jan 2008