Thursday, 19 Dec 2019

Teachers can be 'very wealthy individuals', Ofsted chief says

Sir Michael Wilshaw says that Britain needs to “talk up” the benefits teaching to address “urgent” shortages in failing schools instead of dwelling on the negatives

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Sir Michael Wilshaw, the chief inspector of schools, says teachers need to complain less and focus more on the postives photos.
Teachers should complain less about their workload and badly-behaved children and remember they are in a “noble” profession and that they can be “very wealthy individuals”, the chief inspector of schools has suggested.
Sir Michael Wilshaw said that elsewhere in the World “the status of teaching is high” and it is considered a “great profession to be in”.
However he said that in Britain “so much that we hear is negative” as he urged the Government to publicise the fact that teachers can “do very well financially”.
He said that the progress in secondary schools that the Government has made risks being “undermined” unless more teachers are recruited.
Nicky Morgan arrives at 10 Downing Street as David Cameron names his new cabinet, May 11, 2015Nicky Morgan, the Education Secretary, is being urged to address a shortage of teachers  Photo: Reuters
He told the Education select committee: “The publicity around teaching is poor, although the starting salaries are pretty low in relation to other graduate jobs if you are a good teacher you can be a head of department on £50-£60,000 before too long.
“If you’re a head teacher you can be on up to £100,000 a year. Chief executives of multi academy trusts are very wealthy individuals. We should publicise that. If you are good and you want to make leadership a career you can do very well financially.
“The image of teaching needs to improve. You look at the best jurisdictions in the World the status of teaching is high.
“We need to say how good the job is. So much of what we hear is negative – the workload, it’s a difficult job, badly behaved children etc. We’ve got to start saying that this is one of the most noble jobs in the world and we don’t hear enough about that.
He said that “good schools are snaffling up the best teachers” and that there is a shortage in areas where standards are “miserably low”.
He raised particular concerns about a shortage of good head teachers, which he said is an “urgent” problem.
He said: “We need to make sure we have a national system which identifies good people with potential leadership capabilities.
“I think it’s urgent. How are we going to get better leaders in Dudley and in Hull and in Grimsby and Bradford, where standards are miserably low.
“Good schools are snaffling up the best teachers. This is a particular shortage of teachers in those areas that need good teachers.
“Most teachers stay in the area they have been trained. What we have got to do as a country is make sure we get more people applying for teaching and training?
“All the great improvements we have seen could be undermined unless we tackle this very serious issue.”
Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, warned in Prime Minister’s Questions that the teaching shortage has become a “crisis”.
He said: “The Prime Minister seems to be in denial here. Ofsted and the National Audit Office all confirm there is a shortage of teachers.”
Mr Cameron responded: “He [Mr Corbyn] has got to look at the facts rather than talk down people who are working so hard. Our teachers are better qualified than ever.”
Sir Michael also said that he is “suspicious” of head teachers who say that their ambition is to make children in their schools “happy”.
He said: “I’m always suspicious of head teachers who say they want their children to be happy.
“I’m less suspicious of head teachers who say we want out children to achieve. You can’t teach well unless you are resiliant.
“Build resilience into youngsters who don’t have it. Youngsters from middle class backgrounds have it in spades.”