Fair enough. But anyone who claims that they are the only occupation needs to be called out.On your first sentence, I heard a teacher say that very thing on LBC last week. In my own family too - my sister in law is a primary school teacher, and she made that argument over Christmas.
I'm not saying it is a widespread viewpoint, but I HAVE heard it a few times and it has grated with me.
I understand you're vested in this, and I'm genuinely not trying to wind anyone up. It's just a different viewpoint I'm putting across - hopefully civilly.
I am sure I read the department for educations own research showed teachers will on average work 50 hour weeks. If that is correct then teachers are contracted to work 1265 hours a year and 50 hours x 39 is 1950. So that is 685 hours unpaid overtime.
A teacher’s starting salary is 28k. So if they work the average hours they are on £14.35. The national living wage is just under ten quid and hour. So earning 4 quid more than the living wage. 3 years at uni. All that debt. Is it any wonder they find it hard to recruit?