Teachers Wages are harming the quality of British schooling

A new report by the Education at a Glance has highlighted the huge disparages in teachers wages around the globe.

The report shows that the UK falls behind the United States, Spain, Italy and Korea in Newly Qualified Teachers (NQT) pay.

On average the UK pay £18,327 to NQT compared to Spain’s £26,896. However, the UK pay will eventually rise to £31,204 after 15 years, compared to Spain’s £30,958.

The report suggests that Headteachers reward stability over performance, as the new pay scale allows Headteachers to be rewarded based on the length of time served at the school.

It also highlighted that teachers in England and Scotland have larger class sizes, and longer hours than most other developing countries.

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has stated that “the continued depression of teachers’ wages will harm the quality of British schooling”.

The Organisation has argued that, the uncompetitive salaries will make it difficult to attract the best candidates into the profession to begin with.

TNT Education

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