Majority in our poll want higher salaries for new teachers
Teachers’ starting salaries will go up to £26,000 in England later this year, rising to £30,000 in two years’ time as the government aims to make the profession more attractive.
Is this the right move? We asked in our Facebook poll: “Do you think wages should be higher for new recruits into teaching?”
At the time of writing, almost 600 people had voted with 62% saying yes, 38% no. Here are some of the comments we received.
Jane Sawdon said: “Why pay higher to start with? After a year will their get their pay dropped to be the same as the others? Why not give the original teacher a boost as there there through thick and thin taking all kinds from kids and parents?”
Karl Schut said: “Forty percent said no. It just shows the mentality of this town. The days of believing teachers work 9-3 with every school holiday abroad are long gone. Get with the times. They work a ridiculous amount of hours and they NEVER switch off. Twenty-six K is a pittance for what they do.”
Barbara Duffy thinks: “Yes, but they are better off than nurses who are totally exploited!”
Stewart Brown said: “I think wages should be higher, full stop.”
Paul Anthony Wenn said: “Before people start fling mud at each other, take a step back and look the whole problem.
“Every single part of the public sector is overworked, underpaid and just about on its knees. Teachers have such a high workload more and more work is given to the kids to catch up at home.”