Step supports higher pay for teachers Monday 21 April 2008 PDF Print PRESS RELEASE For immediate release: 21st April 2008 Step supports higher pay for teachers. Following the government’s announcement that teachers will only receive a 2.45% pay rise, Step Teachers have voiced their support for teachers receiving a fairer pay settlement. Members of the NUT have voted to strike on 24th April as a result of the pay rise announced by schools secretary Ed Balls. Step Teachers understands that strikes are a last resort but believe that the low pay rise will do nothing to persuade people into the profession and may even lead to more teachers leaving to pursue careers where the pay is better. Teacher shortages will inevitably impact on the quality of teaching received by our children. Founder, Marios Georgiou added: “It is essential that we retain and attract quality teachers in the classroom. Pay obviously has a large part to play in recruitment and retention; a pay offer below the rate of inflation offers little encouragement to the profession.” Many teachers already have high levels of debt from studying; low pay increases can only put more financial pressure on these teachers and lower their morale further. Step Teachers know that teachers need to be fully supported and encouraged in their work in order to provide the best education for our children. They liaise closely with schools and teachers to ensure that their needs are met. Teachers have access to support, resources and continuing professional development. With Step Teachers they are paid responsively according to their experience, references and the feedback they receive from the schools as they teach. Editor Notes: Step Teachers provides quality supply teachers and teacher recruitment services to primary and secondary schools across the country. The company was founded in 2000 by former teachers and holds the DCSF Quality Mark. They believe in building relationships with their customers, both schools and teachers, and in using a personalised approach to ensure that their real needs and requirements are met. To register or to speak to someone about supply teaching needs or permanent positions, Step Teachers can be contacted by phone on: 0800 0263334 or through their website: www.stepteachers.co.uk. PR and Marketing handled by TJL Marketing. For more information or images, please contact Karen Kennard at: TJL Marketing 65 High Street, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2SL Tel: 01582 464048 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ENDS This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of TJL Marketing in the following categories: Children & Teenagers, Education & Human Resources, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.