Permission To Teach won’t fix teacher supply crisis

8 November, 2022

Our union remains concerned about the increased use of Permission To Teach in schools as a stop gap for teacher shortages, particularly in regional and rural areas.

Permission To Teach (PTT) enables a person who is not a registered teacher to be approved by the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) – or other relevant teacher registration board – to teach in a school under strict limitations.

IEU-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke said, in the past, it has been used rarely and usually granted to final year pre-service teaching students who are about to commence employment and are bridging a transition gap during Term 4 at a school.

“However, IEU-QNT members are reporting an increasing number of pre-service teachers taking on full-time teaching loads in schools who are not as far along in their degree but who are being employed for long periods of time.

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