TORONTO, May 29, 2018 – The FSL-Labour Market Partnership Committee has officially released its report entitled, Understanding Perspectives Regarding the French as a Second Language Teacher Labour Market Issue.
The report identifies the challenges in hiring, recruiting and retaining French as a Second Language (FSL) teachers in English public school boards across the province.
With the approval of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) to establish a Labour Market Partnership project, the Ontario Public School Boards' Association- (OPSBA) led initiative brought many committed education partner organizations and associations from across the province together to study the supply and demand issues related to the recruitment, hiring and retention of FSL teachers and to develop workable solutions to address the problem.
"Finding sufficient numbers of FSL teachers is a growing issue here in Ontario in all school systems," said OPSBA President Laurie French. "OPSBA is proud to be one of many education partners working collaboratively to find workable solutions that will help to meet the growing demand."
"The FSL Labour Market Partnership Project pulls upon the distinct perspectives and expertise of each segment of Ontario's education system. This kind of collaboration reflects a constructive step towards arriving at solutions that can help to not only address FSL teacher shortage, but contribute towards increasing student confidence, proficiency and achievement in FSL. The Ontario Catholic School Trustees' Association (OCSTA) is pleased to be a part of this important partnership," said OCSTA President Beverley Eckensweiler.
Decreasing Supply, Increasing Demand
The demand for FSL teachers in English language public schools is increasing and there is a growing gap between the number of students enrolling in French language programs and the availability of FSL teachers and support staff to do the job. This issue has become a challenge for all English language public school boards in Ontario and provided the motivation to further research the issues and collaboratively find workable solutions.
Research and Findings
Funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario, and in-kind contributions from the education partners, the report is based on a comprehensive review of past studies and reports related to FSL teacher recruitment and attrition, school board human resources' departments and related education sector employment data and results from a survey of recently hired FSL teachers.
Human resources survey findings include:
First and Second Year Teacher survey findings include:
The report offers a number of recommendations in two areas which include:
Retention and Professional Support
OPSBA, on behalf of all the education partners, has again applied to MAESD to continue with this initiative in 2018-19.
The full report is available in PDF format.
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