Teachers sent packing because they earn too little

The Guardian is reporting that new immigration rules mean non-EU skilled workers, including teachers, need to earn minimum of £35,000 to remain in UK.

…Many schools have had to look overseas for teachers to fill their gaps – to the US, Canada, Australia and beyond. Now they face losing them, with tight budgets making it impossible in most cases to stretch to £35,000 salaries – all in the midst of a domestic recruitment crisis the like of which has not been seen for years.

Shannon Harmon from the Stop35k.org campaign said: “The new rules will impact classrooms up and down the country. The average teacher’s salary in the UK after 10 years is £29,500 according to a 2013 OECD report, significantly short of the required £35,000 threshold. Who will replace these teachers?”…

Teachers of maths, physics and chemistry are exempt under the “shortage occupation list” because of the particularly acute shortages in these subjects, which have been acknowledged by the government…

Kevin Courtney, deputy general secretary of the National Union of Teachers (NUT), is calling on the government urgently to reconsider the policy. “When Theresa May published her statement of intent in February 2012 the teacher recruitment crisis was not as acute as it is now. It seems absurdly counterproductive to force schools to dismiss teachers they’ve trained and invested in, and who are still very much needed, at a time when highly skilled qualified teachers are in great demand.”…

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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove This story (& equivalent NHS employee one) is utterly baffling in a time of shortage, highlighting the idiocy of ministers

  2. minxtwit

    SchoolsImprove we need to keep our good teachers-don’t hv enough #absurd who comes up with these ideasU0001f913 #Educational

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