Study backs bid for new salary scale

19th June 1998 at 01:00
PROSPECTIVE teachers are put off by the poor salary structure and a lack of career development, according to a new report, writes Dorothy Lepkowska.

While starting salaries are generally attractive, students were aware than opportunities for progression were limited after five or ten years in the job.

The study, carried out for the National Union of Teachers by Coopers amp; Lybrand, found that the current salary structure was not seen as dynamic.

Primary teachers, in particular, often had responsibilities which were not reflected in their pay packets and had less chance of career advancement.

The study recommends a new "professional standards model" pay scale, giving experienced classroom teachers equal status to those with management roles.

There would also be opportunities for fast-tracking, and a two-year induction period for new recruits.

Doug McAvoy, the general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said:

"The value of the study is its unassailable critique of the present structure. Progress beyond point 9 of the scale is a lottery. It prevents those considering or those who have just entered the profession from having a planned career path and salary progression is blocked at a relatively early stage."

The findings of the study will be debated at a special conference of the NUT in September.

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