Pay for top teaching roles ‘should be publicised to attract good candidates’

The Mail is reporting calls from Sir Michael Wilshaw for school leaders’ pay be publicised to help attract good candidates into teaching.

Would-be teachers should know that they can be in senior positions, earning high salaries, within a few years of entering the classroom, according to Sir Michael Wilshaw.

He also warned that improvements to England’s education system will be undermined if action is not taken to address teacher shortages….

Giving evidence to the Commons Education Select Committee, the Ofsted boss said more needs to be done to boost the status of teaching and attract more good candidates into the profession.

“I think what we’ve got to do as a country is to make sure we get more people applying for teaching and training,” he said. “And we’re not doing that successfully.”

“All the great improvements that we’ve seen over the last few years could be undermined unless we tackle this very serious issue.”…

“We have to make sure that teaching is seen as really great job,” the chief inspector argued.

He added: “We need to say how good the job is. So much of what we hear is negative – the workload, it’s a difficult job, badly behaved children etc. We’ve got to start saying that this is one of the most noble jobs in the world and we don’t hear enough about that.”

He also argued that more needs to be done to point out the benefits of teaching – including the financial incentives.

Good teachers can take on senior positions within a few years, school leaders can earn more than £100,000 and the leaders of multi-academy trusts can be “very wealthy individuals”, Sir Michael said.

“We should publicise… if you’re good and you want to make teaching your career, leadership your career, you can do very well financially.”…

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He’s often accused of talking teaching down, but what do you make of Sir Michael’s attempts to talk teaching and school leadership up here?

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Comments

  1. TW

    “I think what we’ve got to do as a country is to make sure we get more people applying for teaching and training,” he said. “And we’re not doing that successfully.”

    And nor are we likely to while we have Ofsted especially when it is run by the likes of him.

  2. SamSaville2

    SchoolsImprove Oh FFS! When is he going to realise it’s NOT ABOUT THE MONEY? He needs to stop degrading the teaching profession and

  3. SamSaville2

    SchoolsImprove treat us with the respect we deserve. Then there wouldn’t be such a retention (not teacher shortage) crisis!

  4. Jonesboy110

    SchoolsImprove He’s Warped! Get people into the classroom by telling them how quickly they can get out of the classroom & get decent pay!

  5. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Those earning those sums are relatively few; fasttrack will still involve a few years classroom and low (relatively) wages

  6. AlfredoNokez1

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove
    Are head teachers still teachers? Most aren’t, although they do the odd period to keep their cudos.

  7. AlfredoNokez1

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove Of course; but we shouldn’t mislead people that classroom teaching is well rewarded financially.

  8. acet2001

    SchoolsImprove a bit rich coming from the man who has spent the last few years running the profession down at every opportunity.

  9. acet2001

    FigsAndOlives SchoolsImprove Sums involved make PRP an irrelevance to many staff. For those on top of scales a complete waste of time.

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