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Spending on teachers falls

Discussion in 'Education news' started by gainly, Jan 14, 2020.

  1. gainly

    gainly Star commenter


    New research shows that spending on teachers has failed to keep pace with overall school expenditure, with average pay falling by nearly £3,000 over seven years.

    Research by the Education Policy Institute (EPI), published today, shows that between 2003 and 2017, spending on teachers increased at a "much slower rate" than spending overall – by 17 per cent, compared with an increase in overall per-pupil spending of 42 per cent.

    Between 2010 and 2017, average teacher salaries in primary schools fell by £2,900 (7 per cent), while in secondaries they dropped by £2,700 (6 per cent), in 2016-17 prices.

    Spending on teachers failed to increase for nearly a decade, with the level of per-pupil spending on teachers in 2016-17 staying broadly the same as in 2007-08.

    If the extra money is not being spent on teachers I wonder where it is going.
  2. stonerose

    stonerose Occasional commenter

    Bet it's not on improving actual classroom support e.g. teaching assistants, either. The nearer you are to the 'coal face' the more you are likely to be undervalued. Not so the 'executive' class who rarely get close to the grime and the hard graft. Can't get enough of these peacocks, apparently?:rolleyes:
  3. gainly

    gainly Star commenter

    In 2002 there were three academies. Now virtually every secondary school (and many primary schools) are either academies or free schools. Is it merely coincidence that this coincides with the time period over which money for schools has been siphoned off from teaching and spent elsewhere?
  4. Catgirl1964

    Catgirl1964 Established commenter

    Possibly the lower average salaries are the result of employing so many younger teachers on lower salaries, often to replace older, more highly paid experienced teachers who have left, retired or been forced out by capability. Also, in my area, many TAs have been made redundant so it is not their lower salaries driving down the average.
  5. diddydave

    diddydave Established commenter

    Well I can think of one smoke-and-mirrors trick straight away...employer's pension contributions, back in the early 2000's was 13.5% now it is 23.68%...a magic increase of 10% which even if it is all 'funded' by the government allows them to claim an increase in funding per pupil whilst at the same time costing and providing nothing extra to schools.

    Next year they could increase funding to schools by £1bn but then tell the schools to pay an extra £1bn back to cover the pensions and hey presto the per pupil funding is increased without spending an extra penny!
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  6. ridleyrumpus

    ridleyrumpus Star commenter

    Even better from the gov pov is that teachers pensions are unfunded so the increase in employers contributions can be spent elsewhere.

    It's like being able to spend the same money twice.

    Why stop there? Increase pay for nurses, police etc and also Inc employer pension contributions for public sector workers without unfunded pension.

    You could "increase" spending by 10's if not 100's of billions without spending a penny...it would look great in the media.

    You have to admit it is brilliant.
  7. ridleyrumpus

    ridleyrumpus Star commenter

    Although the headline in that article is salaries fell by £2700-2900 between 2010-2017 for take home pay/benefits it is worse than that.

    Between 2010-2017 teachers pensions contributions increased a lot whilst the pension benefits themselves got worse.

    Teacher contribution is now 9.6% about 3% more than in 2010. 3% on an average teacher salary is about £1000.

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