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Recruiting teachers - letter in today's Telegraph

Discussion in 'Personal' started by nomad, Dec 2, 2015.

  1. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Recruiting teachers
    SIR – The idea that a new teacher in Britain could afford to have a family and a mortgage is becoming a distant dream, though you wouldn’t think so from the Department for Education’s latest recruitment campaign.

    In the television advertisement, salaries of £65,000 are offered as the glittering prize for the dedicated. Around 100 complaints have already been received by the Advertising Standards Authority and it is now investigating whether the advertisement is misleading.

    The claim that teachers could earn as “leading practitioners” what was until recently the basic salary of an MP is in fact unlikely. Very few teachers will ever earn such a figure, and even then it is only a realistic prospect if they work in London and have been singled out by the head teacher to receive it after taking on extra duties.

    It is a tragedy that teacher numbers are plummeting while the student population rises. But the Government has not made teachers feel valued, so they leave. Misleading potential newcomers about financial expectations will not balance this loss.

    Rosie Brocklehurst
    St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex

    Well said!
  2. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter


    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

  3. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    Yes. I was pleased to see it in the paper. It did cross my mind that it might be one of our own that wrote it.
    midnight_angel likes this.
  4. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    This advert isn't just misleading would be teachers, it's misleading the general public into imagining teachers are rolling in it.
  5. cissy3

    cissy3 Star commenter

  6. cissy3

    cissy3 Star commenter

  7. DaisysLot

    DaisysLot Senior commenter

    And such misleading adverts not only risk duping the innocent enticing them into the profession… but also do nothing but raise resentment from 'other' folk who feel teachers are exceedingly well paid for their role complete with 13 weeks of annual leave….
    midnight_angel likes this.
  8. jacob

    jacob Lead commenter

    As I have writ elsewhere, teachers have been divided and conquered. From HMG down to the lowest SMT, not one of them gives a stuff while lining their pockets.
    lanokia and cissy3 like this.
  9. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    There was recently a thread on Mumsnet about workload, dissatisfaction and so on, that attracted considerable interest and I hoped, would go a little way towards showing folk that teaching is not the doss that many have thought in the past.

    That advertisement effectively smashed that and it is a travesty and should never have been made, let alone shown. Such a misrepresentation to allow people to think that it's the norm. The public will really only believe how it is when it affects them personally.
    midnight_angel likes this.

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