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Counting the cost of poorly paid classroom educators

Classroom-teacher pay should reflect the important work done on the front line, delivering change

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A few months ago, Tes Scotland carried an advert for a teaching post at a secondary school that serves one of Scotland’s most deprived housing estates. The salary was £26,895, a ridiculously paltry sum for what is one of the most important challenges in education: raising attainment in our most disadvantaged communities. Closing the education gap between rich and poor is, after all, the stated aim of the Scottish government. Teachers deserve more recognition and reward for the challenging work they undertake in this area.

I picked out the school because I taught there for 10 years and know the ...

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