Students, families and parents need to be aware of the discounts available to teachers in their area and be prepared to make an informed decision on which teachers to select, according to a new report from the National Union of Teachers.
The report was commissioned by the union to provide guidance on how to find the best teachers in your area and help teachers in a competitive market.
“It’s about educating teachers so that they’re the ones that you go to, not the other way around,” said NUT’s president and CEO Richard Gorman.
“Teachers are under-resourced, under-paid and undervalued in this market, and if they’re not going to get the job they want, that’s a really bad situation.”
There are five main categories of teachers in the UK, and NUT is concerned about what those teachers are getting.
Classroom teachers The union wants to know how many teachers are being paid at least the average rate of their level of experience, which is around 35% of the average teacher salary in the country.
It also wants to understand how many teaching vacancies are being filled with teachers at the top of the pay scale, rather than the bottom.
The union believes teachers should get a discount of up to 30% if they have at least three years’ experience and an average of at least 15 years’ teaching experience, and up to 70% if the teachers have at the same level of education.
The number of vacancies in the classroom is one of the biggest sources of under-payment in the sector, with over half of teachers having no vacancies at all.
“There are no vacancies in our classroom teaching sector,” said Gorman, who said he believed teachers should have an incentive to seek out more experienced teachers.
“The problem is that our teachers are undervalued.
I think that’s the problem.
There are not many jobs for those at the bottom of the scale, and the ones with the most experience are the ones getting the best deals.”
It is worth noting that teachers in schools with more than five students also receive a discount.
However, this is likely to be higher than the average teachers salary in most other parts of the UK.
“We think the market is very competitive,” said the NUT chief executive.
“In terms of pay, we are in the very competitive marketplace.
We think teachers should be rewarded.”
The research also highlights a gap in teacher training across the UK with about two thirds of teachers receiving a minimum of two years’ training.
“A lot of our teachers have a basic understanding of how to teach, but they are just not up to the standard of the profession,” said Raffi Haddad, a principal consultant and research director at the London School of Economics.
“That’s why we see so many teachers getting into the classroom early in their career.”
The report recommends that all primary schools should be offered free online teaching courses, but the majority of schools are still not offering them.
“All schools should offer free online training for all teachers,” said Haddada.
“I think that would make it easier for teachers to get on with their career and help to bridge the gap between their education and the jobs market.”
If we had access to the resources we need, teachers could take the leap of faith to do more.
“When they’re working, they’re doing more than just teaching and they’re really helping people to become more productive in the workplace.”
The NUT report also recommends teachers receive a one-off salary of at most 10% of their average salary to cover costs and ensure the cost of training is affordable.
This is similar to the amount teachers receive in the public sector, which can range from £16,000 to £40,000 per year, depending on the level of funding.
In addition, NUT wants to see more funding to improve the teacher experience in schools, and suggests the government could provide funding for the creation of a new apprenticeship scheme.
Teacher assessment NUT believes that assessment of teachers should take place by both school and school leader.
“While it is possible to offer individual teachers the opportunity to be assessed by their school leader, it is often difficult to do so,” said Jodie Harrison, a research associate at the Nutter Foundation.
“School leaders have an obligation to ensure that they provide the best education possible for their pupils.
However this can only happen when all stakeholders agree that the assessment process should be carried out by a single expert.”
In an attempt to bridge this gap, the NUSE has created the Numerical Assessment for Teaching (NATS) system.
The system allows teachers to assess their own students, assess their colleagues, and assess the performance of their teachers, and teachers can also choose to share their results.
“What we’re trying to do is make sure that every teacher has the opportunity and the opportunity is to be evaluated and evaluated by their teachers,” added Harrison. The N