Primary teachers urged to move up

MOVING UP: Education Minister John Paul Langbroek chats to Randy Morgan and Eva Bullman, 12, at Springfield Central State High School.
MOVING UP: Education Minister John Paul Langbroek chats to Randy Morgan and Eva Bullman, 12, at Springfield Central State High School. Claudia Baxter

STARTING high school can be a daunting experience - not just for students, but for teachers as well.

As the State Government prepares to move Year 7 students to high school in 2015, primary school teachers are being urged to consider making the leap to secondary, too.

A recruitment campaign has begun aimed at employing up to 1300 secondary school teachers for state schools to meet the demand of the state-wide move.

One of the first teachers to make the transition from primary to junior secondary is Leanne Miller.

Miss Miller teaches junior secondary at Springfield Central High School.

It is one of the 19 schools in Queensland to pilot Year 7 in a secondary setting.

"On my first day here I was a bit nervous because some of the students were taller than me," Miss Miller said.

"But I'm really pleased with the transition I've made, just the fact that I get to focus on two core subjects now has been such a great experience. I've now got more time to focus on my teaching strategies and my resourcing."

Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek visited Springfield Central yesterday in line with the launch of the recruitment campaign.

Mr Langbroek said the move of Year 7 to high school created a new career pathway for current and aspiring teachers.

He said the skills and talents of primary school teachers were a natural fit for the early years of high school.

"We will provide professional development to support current primary school teachers interested in making the transition to teach junior secondary," he said.

"We're also encouraging aspiring teachers and those considering a career change into teaching to think about the opportunity that junior secondary presents in state schools."

The register of interest is now open at teach.qld.gov.au.



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