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New teachers to grow world-class education system

A new recruitment drive will grow the state’s teacher numbers by 4600 over four years.

A young female teacher looks at an iPad over the shoulder of a student

Additional investment in recruitment to make NSW educators the “best teachers in the country.”

As 900 new teachers take to the classroom for the first time this week, the NSW Government has committed to growing the number of teachers in full-time positions.

The plan to grow the number of teachers by 4,600 new full-time equivalent positions over four years will add to the over 88,000 staff working in schools across the state.

Education Minister Rob Stokes said he was thrilled to be growing NSW’s world-class teacher workforce.

“We have some of the best teachers in the world who have the incredibly rewarding career of shaping the lives of the next generation,” Mr Stokes said.

“It is my priority to ensure NSW continues to have the best schools and best teachers in the country.”

The NSW Department of Education is the largest public school system in Australia, with over 810,000 students in 2,200 schools across the state.

Teachers across the department are regularly recognised for their outstanding practice.

Cessnock High School Deputy Principal Scott Sleap was announced as the recipient of a 2018 Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools.

On the world stage, two NSW teachers are finalists for the $1 million Global Teacher Prize. Peter Gurrier-Jones, principal of The Hills School, and Yasodai Selvakumaran, a teacher at Rooty Hill High School are the only Australians to make the shortlist for 2019, with the winner to be announced in February.

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