Teach First ‘Teachers’ on the Cheap

A little investigating goes a long way, and we didn’t have to look very far to discover paltry salaries for Teach First unqualified non-teachers.

Living Wage

On the website of this ‘charity’, a very detailed breakdown is given of how young graduates will be exploited:

Unqualified Teachers pay scale from 1 September 2010

Minimum Annual Salary England & Wales (exc. London) – £17,657
Annual Salary inner London area – £21,731
Annual Salary outer London area – £20,629
Annual Salary Fringe area

In the second year, participants are paid varying amounts dependent on the salary that our participating schools pay their Newly Qualified Teacher’s and the level of extra responsibility a teacher takes on. The minimum this will be is as follows, based on salaries for 2010.

Main Pay Scale -Teachers Pay from 1 September 2010:

Minimum Annual Salary England & Wales (exc. London) – £21,588
Annual Salary inner London area – £27,000
Annual Salary outer London area – £25,117
Annual Salary Fringe area – £22,626

Source: School Teachers Review Body

There is then a huge incentive (at least a few thousand pounds per newbie) for schools to employ TF’s unqualified non-teachers instead of NQTs.

And the oxymoron ‘unqualified teacher’ raised a few eyebrows. If they’re not teachers, what are they doing in the classroom apart from saving schools in ‘challenging areas’ a bit of cash?

Recent UK graduates on the premise that they are doing something worthwhile, even if they’re unqualified and don’t compare to those who’ve completed proper PGCEs or GTPs, are paid many thousands of pounds less per year.

Just like those dodgy unpaid internships so beloved by media companies and investment banks, young talented people are told that this is how the real world works and they’ve no choice with only those with rich/understanding parents able to capitalise on their ‘chance’.

This is a clear demonstration that Me First/Teach Last is purely about cutting costs. For what is the biggest cost facing any organisation? Wages. And faced with all-out war with the unions – who remain oddly silent – Government mandarins think getting in McKinsey’s TF to do its dirty work will fall under the radar.

So two-fingers to hard-fought union agreements and up-yours to a fair society? We’ll see about that.

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