NUT Survey: 68% of teachers considering leaving teaching or moving off the Island

The IW branch of the NUT predicts a huge recruitment crisis in the next year in Isle of Wight education after the Council failed to reach an agreement over pay policy.

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Thanks to Dominic Coughlin, Assistant Secretary for the National Union of Teachers for this latest update. Ed


The National Union of Teachers (NUT) on the Isle of Wight has carried out a survey of its members to assess their reaction to Mr Gove’s plans to worsen terms and conditions, pensions and salaries.

The survey has revealed that a staggering 68% of NUT members are considering leaving teaching or moving to an off-Island school.

This comes at the same time as the Isle of Wight Council are recommending a pay policy to Local Authority schools which still retains some of the worse features of Mr Gove’s recommended Pay Policy.

Council failed to reach an agreement with the NUT
Though there were extensive negotiations over the new pay policy, the Council failed to reach an agreement with the NUT. The local policy does not include “salary portability” when Teachers move Schools from September 2014. This is a less good deal than in other local authorities including Portsmouth and Oxfordshire, the location of the Prime Minister’s constituency.

The new local pay policy, coming on the back of the botched schools’ reorganisation on the Island, introduces further instability when teachers are calling for stability in schools across the Isle of Wight.

3/4 of members believe pay won’t attract teachers
The survey also reveals that 74% of NUT members on the Island do not believe that locally negotiated pay will attract teachers to come to the Island.

Considering the current difficulties in recruiting teachers to Island schools and the record numbers of unqualified teachers being used in them, this policy could lead to a teacher recruitment crisis on the Isle of Wight in the coming year.

In separate negotiations, the NUT, working with other teaching unions, have secured a more favourable pay policy for teachers working in the Academies Enterprise Trust’s (AET) academies on the Island (Ryde Academy, Sandown Bay Academy and Weston Academy). Teachers in AET academies on the Island are set to have a better pay policy than those employed in other Island schools.

Regional strike
On Thursday 17th October, members of the NUT will be joining their sister union, the NASUWT on the Isle of Wight, in a regional strike over pay, pension and working conditions. Teachers are not asking for more, but want Mr Gove to ditch his plans to make teachers work longer pay more and get less in their pension.

Other working conditions which are being eroded include: allowing schools to employ unqualified staff, removing rights to planning time and permitting schools to change the school day and school year without public consultation. This change could cause significant problems for Island families who have children in different Schools.

The survey was carried out between Friday 4th and Monday 7th October with a 43.5% response rate.

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8 Comments

  1. Thomas's comment is rated +5 Vote +1 Vote -1

    8.Oct.2013 11:09am

    Sorry Dominic, but the deal at the Academies seems divisive. It is a policy of divide and rule set by management.The “better” terms at the Academies appears to be an excuse for some teachers not supporting their colleagues who are going on strike elsewhere.They shouldn’t just keep their heads down and expect others to do their work for them.

    And…

    “I’m leaving anyway” will not wash either, a “permanent” strike? I don’t think so. It is a question of courage and conviction and nailing one’s colours to the mast.

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    • mat's comment is rated +4 Vote +1 Vote -1

      8.Oct.2013 11:45am

      What really matters is that there are plenty of teachers that ARE taking action. This political protest organised by the unions is what is key and shows the voice of dissent coming from many unions towards government policy.

      Thanks Dominic for informing us, you are doing a great job and it helps us all.

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  2. Mark L Francis's comment is rated +5 Vote +1 Vote -1

    9.Oct.2013 10:26am

    I would discourage anyone from becoming a teacher. You are treated like a piece of rubbish by both pupils and school management. My nephew is a teacher at a school which appears to be saving money by killing off senior teachers in order to replace them with cheaper ones.
    I would rather shovel shingle in the bowels of Hell.

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    • Joseph Moore's comment is rated +3 Vote +1 Vote -1

      9.Oct.2013 10:42am

      You are quite right Mark. Several of my friends and family have been teachers, teaching assistants, or even just support staff and the things you describe are happening nationwide. How are young teachers supposed to learn without the old hands there to guide them?

      When good, passionate educators are leaving the profession because they feel that teaching has become of secondary importance to paperwork or politics it is a sad thing indeed.

      For those who believe teachers have it easy with short days and long holidays; I’m sure that’s the case for some who don’t much care but those who do are planning, marking and thinking about their work long into the evenings and weekends.

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  3. L R Traite's comment is rated +3 Vote +1 Vote -1

    9.Oct.2013 1:33pm

    We have two daughters in the teaching profession, one in primary on the mainland and one in secondary on the island. Both have the same problems with paperwork and politics and the constant stream of ill thought out initiatives.
    However the mainland daughter teaches in a primary in an affluent area. Discipline is supported by parents and there is a good learning environment.
    The other daughter is leaving the profession after ten years teaching on the mainland and only two on the Island. Teachers’ morale is at rock bottom. Many feel they are not supported or valued. Yes apparently they have long holidays, but when I look back, each and every holiday they both have been into school. Meetings and Parents’ evenings and marking and planning at home extend the school day.
    An OECD study found that English school leavers have a lower literacy and numeracy level than their own grandparents. England is at the bottom of the educational league of developed nations when ranked for literacy and numeracy. The Island is near the bottom of the English schools table.

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    • Paul T's comment is rated -1 Vote +1 Vote -1

      9.Oct.2013 1:48pm

      I just hope the council can get their act together on this before we lose the really good teachers. I know they are trying, but firmer action needs to be taken by the Indies to sort this out.

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      • mat's comment is rated +3 Vote +1 Vote -1

        9.Oct.2013 2:09pm

        Pressure on teachers to “perform” is enormous.

        Performance has been made an issue and what criteria are teachers measured against? The curriculum and its delivery? GCSE’s ? Table ratings? Up to the Black reports and the 1976 Callaghan Ruskin College speech, which began ‘The Great Debate’ about education, education had advanced to the epitome of its development and then came the Tory decline and everything since. “Standards” became the mantra and the 3 r’s with prescriptive teaching.

        OFSTED has become the watchdog for measurement against the dated imperialist values and prescriptive teaching methods and poor curriculum ever since. That is the benchmark created for demoting good teachers into bad ones. Teachers are being asked to “perform” circus tricks and not what they know as education. Maybe the so-called “good schools” are good at performing the tricks and pulling the cat out of the bag. There is an alternative and it means starting over with the great debate and direction of education and get back on the road to successful performance in a better system of education.

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  4. sammy's comment is rated +1 Vote +1 Vote -1

    10.Oct.2013 7:54pm

    I come from a teaching family.Four generations of my family have been Headteachers and I am a teacher.Unfortunately,we both did everything we could to dissuade our children from entering the profession.Why?The initiatives which come thick and fast from successive governments-without mentioning children !-the divisive pay scales[as reported here],the employment of unqualified teachers,the lack of respect[led by the Government]and the extensive paperwork which takes us away from actually teaching children and the changing of criteria-in Ofsted and allowing Acaamies and Free Schools to follow their own curriculum while LEA schools have to follow the revamped National Curriculum.Why would anyone complete a 3/4 year degree course and a 1year PGCE course and contemplate entering what used to be a respected profession?
    We went in to teach children,to educate.We believed we were helping everyone to achieve their potential.We accepted lower pay for the promise of a reasonable pension.Even that has gone.Sad!There will be a recruitment crisis unless things change.

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