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What do teachers really want – more money or more time?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by TES_Rosaline, Jun 14, 2019.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    What do teachers want, what do they really, really want?

    If you could have one wish to have more of something in your professional life, what would that be? Would you want more time to plan, assess, measure, think or take a breather for some much-needed respite before the next lesson or would you prefer to take the extra money instead? Would juggling the heavy workload be more worthwhile if you had a bigger salary?

    One secondary school teacher believes that many in the profession would prefer extra time over money, but what do you think:

  2. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Money... I remember when I didn't have to buy glue sticks, coloured pens etc because the budget covered it. I remember when a decent behaviour support team was easily possible for a school. We've gone from 7 staff to 1. I remember when cover was done by supply staff and not school staff.

    And I remember that in real terms, against inflation, my salary has dropped £6000 ...
    BetterNow, Laphroig, vannie and 2 others like this.
  3. dumpty

    dumpty Star commenter

    This to me is the classic one that changes with age.

    When younger I would want money, money and money and have the energy to work 100 hour shifts to get it.

    For every decade you age, you start thinking 'sod this, it ain't worth it', not least when you meet yourself coming at you (the new 20 odd colleague saying we all should do more work to get more pay).

    And while it sounds a tad melodramatic it is true that money goes quickly and cannot be taken with you......time with friends and family is really all we have and all we need and should cherish as it too, will end.
  4. Pageant

    Pageant Occasional commenter

    I always wanted more time and latterly turned down money for just that, a bit of extra time.
    Now if teachers could get everything done by working from say 8:30 to 6:00 (even if they had to sacrifice their lunch time) I'd have been very, very happy.
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  5. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    Since both have been taken away, why should it be one or the other?

    Reducing management teams would address both aspects.
  6. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    I think lanokia makes a good point. In that it's not money personally for teachers, but more money for schools to be able to do their jobs and personally to have more time, so one could have 'a personal life'.
  7. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    More time. Take it off the holidays. There's room to take work up to 230 days a year instead of 195.
  8. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    More time to plan and assess would be my priority.
    cissy3 and Lara mfl 05 like this.
  9. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    Working 9 to 6 on more days.
    dunnocks likes this.
  10. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    What do we want?

    Professional respect from the government, Ofsted and parents.

    When do we want it?

    Twenty bloody years ago, but NOW would good!
  11. bombaysapphire

    bombaysapphire Star commenter

    I often work from 7 to 7. I would like to be able to cut that back.
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  12. smurphy6

    smurphy6 Senior commenter

  13. lilachardy

    lilachardy Star commenter

    More respect.
  14. towncryer

    towncryer Senior commenter

    What's wrong with having both?
  15. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    Can't think of a better or quicker way to demotivate most teachers and simultaneously put off many potential recruits to the profession.
  16. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    9 to 6 would be absolutely amazing. I'd take a pay cut to get that.

    I'd say I want more time, and I have turned down pay rises for that reason
    ridleyrumpus, cissy3 and Lara mfl 05 like this.
  17. Dragonlady30

    Dragonlady30 Star commenter

    Although I am now retired, what I would have wanted was time and if I hadn't had to spend hours on compiling meaningless, useless data, I'd have had that time!! If I saw a use for it, I'd have been happy, but I was never convinced that anyone ever looked at it, let alone analysed it.

    SEBREGIS Lead commenter


    Because I’m not in SLT, have no TLR or any other TLA, I’m stuck at the top of main scale. So my pay has been effectively dropping in the last umpteen year’s. I’d actually like to see more opportunities for experienced teachers like myself to be able to use that experience IN THE CLASSROOM.

  19. Jude Fawley

    Jude Fawley Star commenter

    Time and the dole money. And if that doesn't work I'd go on the sick to get the housing association bungalow and the car.
    1 person likes this.
  20. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    You'll be allowed to spread it over more days.

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