NSW will need thousands of new teachers to meet burgeoning demand in the next decade as student numbers in public schools surge, the state's teachers' union says.
A union-commissioned report by education economist Adam Rorris found at least 11,000 new teachers need to be recruited by 2031, as the state deals with record enrolment growth.
The number of new teachers required rises to almost 14,000 if the student-teacher ratio is lowered to the national average, the research released on Tuesday reveals.
NSW Teachers Federation president Angelo Gavrielatos said NSW already had more students per teacher than any other state or territory in public primary and secondary schools.
NSW would need 13,724 new teachers in the next ten years if the state had a student-teacher ratio equivalent to the national average.
Teacher numbers would increase from 54,502 full time teachers last year to 68,225 in 2031 - an increase of 25 per cent.
"This additional number of teachers would still be below the required numbers considering the projected rise in student needs and complexity in NSW schools," Mr Gavrielatos said.
"NSW is facing a classroom crisis. The independent Gallop Inquiry was clear that the NSW government won't fix the shortages or recruit the additional teachers required without a significant increase in salaries."
Teachers workloads had increased every year while salaries had fallen in comparison with other professions.
"If we don't pay teachers what they are worth, we won't get the teachers we need," Mr Gavrielatos said.
The government's proposed 1.5 per cent salary increase per year for the next three years would only make the profession less attractive, he said.
The report confirmed the union's concern that the NSW government was failing to adequately prepare for the future education of children in NSW public schools.
"Already this month we have seen a damning report from the NSW Auditor General showing there isn't enough funding to deliver the classrooms NSW students need from 2023. Less than one quarter of the 7200 additional teaching spaces needed by 2031 are funded," Mr Gavrielatos said.
"Securing the teachers we need is a going to be a major challenge and NSW needs to make sure that salaries and workloads are at the levels that will make the profession attractive to high achieving young people."
Australian Associated Press