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Discussion in 'Education news' started by binaryhex, Jan 17, 2018.
Didn't think there were that many teachers in the NHS
Teachers and nurses are in much the same position as each other. Both deliver essential services, and are needed in large numbers. The Government pretends it likes the members of each profession, but in its eagerness to keep costs down treats them both quite badly (or allows arms length employers).
I thought we were already losing teachers in quite high numbers.
I wonder if anyone has investigated the effect of Brexit on the number of teachers leaving.
I met (& worked with) a number of EU citizens, especially over the last 10 years or so of my career (e.g. this century). I have wondered whether those not married to UK citizens, and without GB citizenship, will actually decide to stay, and equally, whether as many will come in future.
My guess is that Brexit will neither encourage those here to stay, not be a positive draw for new EU teachers to look for a job here, even if they qualify under whatever new rules are imposed.
I suppose that’s a No said David Davis
many nurses and other hospital staff come form the EU, so I wondered whether, because of Brexit, will EU teachers leave the UK, and others be deterred from coming here. In either case, will this have an impact of teacher numbers?
It's already happening. My school is ranked outstanding in a leafy area and we simply can't recruit maths, science or MFL teachers. SLT have offered to retrain and support teachers in other subjects who want to retrain to fill vacancies internally and then advertise for teachers to fill the gaps in the not so hard to recruit to subjects. This is the worst of all situations for the students as they lose experienced teachers in one subject to be taught by, perhaps, newer teachers and the students in the hard to recruit subjects get taught by non-specialists teachers who have retrained from History, RE etc.
Whatever the rights and wrongs of Brexit, and even if a 'good deal' is worked out, I struggle to see how it can not have an impact on the numbers coming here to work from the EU.
Even if there's no real difference to prospects and access on the ground, at least some in the EU who would have come over will see we've left and presume things are not as good, so won't bother digging further.
I strongly suspect that there are some very good teachers in your area that could fill these posts. But you will almost certainly find that SLT aren't prepared to pay them properly, and/or come out with rubbish like they won't fit in. Also, as I've said many times, SLT know where they can shove their safer recruitment policy! People like me, who know their subjects inside out, and make a good living tutoring, might condescend to email a CV, but won't waste time on application forms.
I think that if anyone is making "a good living" outside of mainstream teaching why on Earth would they want to get involved? It is a "no brainer" as our American friends would say.
I think you're right.
No need to put RE teachers in there. As it happens there are fewer specialists teaching RE than any other subject. The subject is already largely delivered by non-specialists and can ill-afford to lose any.
Why would Brexit, in itself, make them leave? They will still have a job, pay tax, get all the benefits etc. Why would the UK ban people with skills in shortage areas?
It's not a question of them being 'banned' - it's the belief (whether that belief is accurate or not) in the rest of Europe that they are unwelcome here. There are other places that people with skills can choose to live & work, of course.
Exactly what is happening to employees form the EU in the Health Service.
Firstly, it creates a generally negative attitude towards continental Europeans. We’ve already seen a rise in racially motivated attacks since the vote.
Secondly, those here deciding to leave is only one part of the problem. Even if their rights are protected, that will only apply to those already here. How many fewer will apply in the future? And will they even be able to? Wasn’t there a story last year about teachers’ salaries Not being enough to make it a job for which employers can import labour?
There are two major issues in this - in my opinion:
2. Teachers are not as highly regarded as they once were.
Of course this is a huge subject and you could do a PhD on it!