16th July 2010 at 01:00

Reduction in salary

Posted by cordelia

I achieved full status as a chartered teacher two years ago, but the management team in my school has been replaced and it has become a miserable and aggressive environment in which to work. I now dread my working day and don't want to join the substantial body of staff on anti- depressants and sleeping pills.

I have two interviews coming up for principal teacher posts, but in primary these posts are advertised at a much lower salary. Classroom teacher positions, if they do come up, seem to be given to NQTs - totally understandable in the current climate.

The PT jobs are both based on full-class commitment for four days a week, so would I really lose my CT status?

Posted by munch1

You must feel trapped and there are bound to be many other teachers in a similar position. Email a letter of concern to your union - if anyone can offer advice and support, they can. See what they say, then email a letter of concern to your local education authority. There must be some mechanism to enable teachers to transfer between schools.

Posted by triadplus

I think you would lose your CT status if you take a PT post. One of the teachers at my school became a PT and took a pay cut to do so. You might have a difficult choice to make.

Posted by andbabymade6

This is a shocking state of affairs. CT is a lot of hard work (and money, too!) but it seems that those undertaking it may be penalised in the future. Why should you have to take a pay cut if your career path changes? And does it mean that, by being a CT, you have limited yourself career- wise? Could you become a depute, for example, without fulfilling the role of PT first?

Posted by cordelia

Thanks everyone. I have made that difficult decision and accepted the job, but I'm going to fight through the union to see if anything can be done. I find it ironic that during my four-day class teacher remit I will no longer be classed as a chartered teacher. The authority states that you get paid for the job description, but surely a professional award such as this should stay with the individual? The GTC advice is heart-warming - when I give up my post as PT, I will revert back to my higher salary - a wonderful incentive., then go to Forums and Chartered teachers.

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