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The increase in the retirement age for teachers to 68 is completely unrealistic in a climate where teachers are burning out after only a few years in the job the Annual Conference of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, has heard today.
 
Representatives at the Conference in Belfast condemned government reforms to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme which have left teachers paying more and working longer to get less in retirement. 
 
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
 
“Teaching is a highly challenging profession at whatever age.
 
“The failure of governments to tackle effectively cuts to pay, excessive workload and pupil indiscipline has piled on even more pressure and made the increase in  the retirement age  all the more unrealistic and unacceptable.
 
“Ministers wring their hands and wonder why there is a teacher supply crisis.  They need look no further than the policies they have inflicted on the teaching profession for the answer.”

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