Fair Pay for Teachers

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The teachers at Derby College are some of the most intellectual, caring, and brilliant teachers that I will ever meet. Sadly, they do not get paid what they deserve. Over the two years I've studied at the college I've realised that many teachers do not get paid enough for the incredible work they do. According to the DfE, teachers should have seen a pay increase by 3.5% in 2018-2019. However, this is yet to become reality for many teachers in Derby College as it is still up to those in charge to determine what they pay their teachers. A general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders said that it’s important that the public realises that "teachers' pay has fallen well behind inflation because it has been capped or frozen since 2010" and this is one of the reasons that many salary levels for teachers, many who work 60 hours or more a week (including the work they do at home for their job role- [BBC 2016]), are unfair. Due to this, the average teacher wage is £5,000 less than it would have been under normal circumstances.

So, the solution? To finally make teachers wage fair. If it’s a question of funding, it has increased dramatically in the last two decades for schools and colleges and is arguably at the highest it has ever been, regardless of the deficit faced in the UK. If others in much higher positions in Derby College have had their salary increased significantly, why haven't the teachers?

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