Wales: land of forgotten trainees

9th February 2001 at 00:00
I AM writing as part of a forgotten minority - teacher-trainees in Wales. We did not receive the pound;6,000 training salary that our counterparts in England received. It seems ludicrous that people can be penalised for their choice to train in Wales.

Since the Assembly has now backtracked and decided to give the training salary from September 2001, it appears it has either created its own supply problem or it was just doing a bit of short-term money-saving all along.

Sice the turnaround the story is that the salary is an "incentive" into teaching and since we applied before its introduction we could not expect to get it. No problem there, except that our colleagues in England got it. This inequality we cannot abide in a country that is still under the same parliament as England. As far as we are concerned the Welsh Assembly has trodden on the very people that voted for it.

Rachel Knox 112 Towyn Way West Towyn Abergele, Conwy

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today