Pain, but no gain

I AM about to begin my fourth year of teaching, but have found out that my pay will not increase the usual pound;1,000 that I was led to believe it would, every year of my first seven to nine years of teaching. My pay will, in fact, not increase by a single penny. The new "M" levels have taken yearly increases away for some teachers and increased them for others. So now a teacher with one more year's experience than me will receive an increase of pound;2,000. Surely the Government should be rewarding the teachers who have worked hard for three years with something?

James Barnes 66, Springfield Avenue Horfield, Bristol

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