The increasingly uncompetitive nature of teachers’ salaries has to be addressed in order to safeguard high-quality education provision for the future, the NASUWT has told NQTs.
Addressing new teacher members at the Union’s latest tailored seminar for newly qualified teachers, NASUWT Deputy General Secretary Dr Patrick Roach told delegates that that it is unacceptable that teachers’ starting salaries in England and Wales are within the range of the lowest paying 19% of UK employers. In comparison, he said, Aldi pays graduates training to become area managers a first-year salary of £42,000.
He told members at the event in Solihull, “This is why we are continuing to press the government on pay and for a pay award that addresses the cost of living pressures on teachers.”
He added: “Every teacher who is denied their pay award, pupils are being short-changed-and their education is being compromised.
Dr Roach also described some of the common issues which new teachers face around excessive workload, burdensome planning requirements and the failure of their schools to provide them with their induction entitlements.
He urged NQTs to talk to the Union about any problems or concerns they are experiencing at work in order that these can be addressed.
He said: “Remember that we are there to support you going forwards. Recognise that the best and safest way for you to speak out is through your union.”
New teachers at the seminar were also able to take part in a range of professional CPD workshops giving them advice on support on pupil behaviour management, effective time and task management, motivating pupils and Ofsted inspection myth busting.
The next NQT seminar will take place in June 2018. Further details on booking will be available in the New Year.