How do we tackle the teacher shortage?
The growing shortage of teachers is a well-known issue. Universities are committed to increasing the number of university-educated teachers, including ICLON at Leiden University. We list a number of initiatives.
Former Shell employees become teachers
Most recent is the tailor-made training that Shell - in collaboration with schools and three university teacher training programmes - offers to employees who have to leave because of reorganisation. Shell employees can discover the teaching profession through an introductory programme. After assessing someone's suitability to become a teacher, they are linked to vacancies at schools in the region of The Hague and Amsterdam, where they can apply for a job. Through a tailor-made training programme, they are trained to become academic first-degree teachers. This project must lead to new teachers starting at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year.
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Opportunities for status holders in education
In January 2018, six status holders hope to start an educational module at ICLON with which they will acquire a limited second-level teaching qualification in science education. This means that they can teach in the initial years of secondary education and in lower vocational education. An introductory training, an internship at a secondary school and a language test are the preparation for this educational module. Together with Stichting voor Vluchteling-Studenten UAF, we hope to solve some of the shortage of teachers, but above all to get refugee educational professionals working in their own field.
More academic teachers
In the context of the VSNU Teachers' Agenda, universities have worked to increase the number of university-educated teachers and to strengthen cooperation with partners in the field. What has been achieved with the VSNU Teacher Agenda? Which initiatives are currently being worked on? And which steps are needed in the coming years to train more academic teachers? All these questions were discussed at a conference on 14 December 2017 in Nijmegen organized by the VSNU. Various initiatives were presented, such as adapting the admission requirements so that students from broad bachelor programmes are also, under certain conditions, admissible to the teacher training and an extension of the professionalisation opportunities for experienced teachers.
The shortage of teachers is high on the agenda, and with these initiatives and many others we hope to work towards a solution.