Teaching is now a top choice for graduates


New research, released from the Teaching Agency reveals that perceptions of teaching are changing for the better. 81 per cent of final year students view the occupation as one which has real status and kudos and 72 per cent of students felt that their friends and family would react positively if they decided to enter the profession; up six per cent from 2010.

According to the UK Graduate Careers Survey, conducted by High Fliers Research, schools and universities have moved up to become the second most popular type of employer,  with nine per cent of graduates saying they wanted to work in this area, beaten only by advertising, PR or marketing at 11 per cent. 

An additional piece of research showed that well over half of final year students (58 per cent) have considered applying for teaching, up five per cent on 2010, with students increasingly recognising it as a career for people with drive (67 per cent) and a great option for the long term (72 per cent). 

Despite increased recognition of the rewarding career teaching provides, misconceptions still persist when it comes to the earning potential of teachers.  In fact, one in three students are being deterred from a career in teaching because of inaccurate salary perceptions, with four in five (82 per cent) of final year university students underestimating the figure, by as much as £4,000.

Whilst over a quarter of students thought the starting salary for a teacher in the capital was £23,000, the reality is that these teachers can now expect to earn £27,000 in Inner London.  Similarly, most students (61 per cent) thought teachers outside London earned £19,000 or less, while in reality salaries are more likely to be £21,588. The average starting salary for a UK teacher is £23, 0101, a figure that now compares favourably with other graduate jobs which range from £17,720 to £23,3352.

The research also revealed that the majority of students, 64 per cent, do not realise the long term earning potential of teachers.  Teachers are seeing their salaries rise by an average of around 30 per cent after their first four years in the job.  Experienced primary and secondary teachers, achieving the appropriate standards, can earn up to £64,000 (in London) and up to £56,000 (in other parts of the UK).  Students may also be surprised to learn that the average salary for headteachers is £62,600, rising to £84,600 for secondary headteachers3 and 700 heads are earning at least £100,000 this year following a rise in average salaries for senior staff members.

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