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Why teaching doesn’t always add up

The struggle to make ends meet on an entry-level salary can affect your ability to do the job well, finds Joseph Lee

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Having spent time working as a freelance musician after finishing university, Chris Beecroft already knew a thing or two about financial insecurity.

But when he trained to be a teacher, he expected things to get better. Instead, after his PGCE, he found himself without a permanent job, living at home in London with his parents, working freelance in the evenings in addition to supply teaching during the day. After all his hard work, he was still broke.

“I had a really tough year doing the PGCE and I’d told myself that the light at the end of the tunnel would be the following September when I ...

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