Pro Vice-Chancellor Dr Jane Moore from Edge Hill’s Faculty of Education has reflected upon the government announcement to reform teacher pay.
She draws on her time as a teacher and what the rise by up to £6,000 in starting salaries means in the profession in which she and many see as a vocation.
The news that new teachers’ salaries are due to be increased is undoubtedly welcome. Over recent years, the profession has suffered something of a crisis, with widely reported difficulties in recruitment and retention. Teaching is seen as more of a vocation than a job by many currently in the profession as well as those attracted to it; but frequent changes in education policy, resourcing issues in schools and the increasingly complex needs of many children, young people and communities have driven up the pressures in the working environment.
I started my professional career as a teacher in a London grammar school, and later taught in several schools in the North West of England. Although the schools were very different, many things were constant across those experiences; the vast majority of children and young people want to learn and do well; the vast majority of teachers are highly committed and passionate about what they do. Research consistently shows that the desire to make a difference is a major motivating factor in people entering the teaching profession, and probably much more significant than pay levels.
However, salaries should reflect the levels of responsibility and professional judgement required in any job, and these are both exciting and daunting in teaching. To be the person who can, and will, have a significant impact on people’s lives, day after day; in making people feel respected, valued and wanted; in making them feel they can fulfil their aspirations and become confident independent adults – these are all in the daily remit of the classroom teacher, and deserve appropriate recognition.
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