I Am A Teacher - Why I Went On StrikeSomeone deleted and answer, maybe their question, about why teachers shouldn't have gone on strike yesterday. They too are from the UK, and forget to mention, or moan at the fact that most public sector workers also went on strike. They had issues with the fact that they worked hard and we, as teachers, don't.
So here's a run down of a typical day for me.
Class Age: 8-9.
Class size: 32
TA: 2 - one for whole class, one for 11 hours a week one on one time with ASD/ADHD (no medication) child.
Start time: 7.15-7.30 (Children come in at 8.40)
End time: 5-6pm (Children are gone by 3.45)
Break: 15 mins per day
Lunch: 1 hour per day
PPA (Prep/Plan/Out of class time): 2.5 hours weekly
I worked it out one day, exactly how many hours I do a week. It came to around the 60 mark. That included some of the time, like now, where I work at home, planning, assessments etc.. Stuff I can't do during the day.
With the new plans, I am on a two year pay freeze, so my extra 500-1k a year is now non-existent, I lose £700 a month on taxes, pension and national insurance a month. My mum, who has been teaching longer, therefore on bigger monies, loses £1.5k a month. She loses my wages in tax and pension.
In order to receive my full pension, I have to work until I am 75.
If I have children, I lose maternity money if I take off more than 6 months, that means my pension also loses out.
If I get sick and lose sick pay money, my pension also loses out.
I can't afford to move out. Rent is £700-800 a month for room. That's not including bills etc..
I need a deposit of £50-70k before I can even think about getting a mortgage.
If I can't afford my own house, I'd like to at least think I can relax a little when Im old.
So don't tell me I don't work hard, or your neighbours don't work hard. If they can afford to send their children to university and live in a four bed house, then good for them. It's for people like me, who started teaching within the last few years who will suffer the most.