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INQUIRY PROPOSES FURTHER PAY HIKE FOR MATHS TEACHERS

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A substantial increase in the salaries of maths teachers that could see them being paid up to£10,000 a year more t...
A substantial increase in the salaries of maths teachers that could see them being paid up to£10,000 a year more than their colleagues will be propose this week by a government inquiry, reported The Sunday Times (p2).

The move, aimed at solving a recruitment crisis, would shatter teachers' pay scales and provoke uproar from unions who believe it would divide staffrooms. Maths recruits are already offered 'golden hellos', bursaries and loan repayments, but these have failed to lure enough high quality graduates away from better-paid jobs.

Under the proposals their salaries could start at£28,000, more than 50% above graduates in other subjects and on a par with other professions such as accountancy. The report's author, Adrian Smith, principal of Queen Mary College, London University, will say tomorrow that ending pay parity is the only way that maths teaching can compete with other careers.

John Dunford, general secretary of the Secondary Heads Association, said:'It doesn't make sense to have an across the board payment. We need to look at other measures that won't destabilise the pay structure'.

A Department for Education and Skills source said it had been suggested that the country's 25,000 maths teachers could be paid up to£10,000 extra a year.
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