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Shazza1233
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Im currently training as a primary school teacher but after a fee years I want to teach psychology in sec school/sixthform. good luck
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Some of those teachers at that school look like they are 6th formers!
Thing is that with teaching, as with any public service, it will always be low paid. It's frustrating yes but its not going to change any time soon sadly!
I work as a TA currently, running outdoor learning throughout two schools. I get paid exactly the same as the TAs who support classes, despite planning, leading, assessing etc. I do it because I love it, yes I need to earn a living, but part of going into this profession is because you absolutely and 100% want to and you feel passionate about.
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The truth is, if you pay peanuts you get monkeys!

Teaching in Britain is only attractive to those who have a passion for teaching or can't find jobs with a comparable salary elsewhere. That's probably why there is a glut of history, English, French, and mediocre primary school teachers but it's hard to find good computer science teachers because people with the knowledge and the qualifications can usually find careers with better pay and conditions in industry.
This is pure rubbish. There are loads of people with English/History degrees working as civil servants, in law firms and PR. Also, it is great that English graduates are going into teaching because you needed them to help you pass your GCSE English, something nearly every job requires.
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RQT here. while I've only been a teacher for two years (three if you include training), I'm the child of a teacher and worked in/with schools for a few years before making the plunge.

In my experience, increasing pay is fairly low on the wish list of most teachers. What we'd actually like (in no particular order) is:

Smaller class sizes, especially for classes with high numbers of SEN students.
Better behaviour from students.
More funding to buy resources.
More funding towards an alternative curriculum.
More funding to support SEN students.
Less marking/tracking.
The powers that be to stop lurching from one educational theory to the next, just as we've established the last one.
Working, up to date technology.

To summarise, we don't want more more money in our pockets, we want it in the schools. Personally, I'd gladly give up a few weeks holiday and/or some of my pay if we could have all of the above.

It's not pay that drives teachers out of teaching, it's the above. I love my job, and on the whole I love my school, but I've been in schools where you could pay the teachers on a par with footballers and they wouldn't have remained in the job.
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