Almost four out of ten teachers are no longer in the classroom a year after qualifying, a teachers’ conference heard yesterday.
Figures disclosed at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers conference in Liverpool yesterday showed that only 62 per cent were still in teaching a year after gaining their Qualified Teacher Status.
The figures, based on an analysis of Department for Education data, also showed that the number who complete their training but never enter the classroom has tripled in six years – from 3,600 in 2006 to 10,800 in 2011.
The cost to the taxpayer of training them is estimated to be just under £1 billion. …
Ah, the golden question. Money makes the world go ‘round, indeed. But we always try to guide our applicants with the advice that you should absolutely not be chasing salary or city in China — you should be chasing trustworthiness in a school. While some are not as easily convinced as others, the truth is, there really is no one-size-fits-all guide to how much you can make here.Being in the recruiting game for around two years and teaching English for three, I’ve had the benefit of meeting all kinds of aspiring English teachers. There’s the person that read somewhere online they should be making 15,000RMB ($2,435) monthly with everything from their flight to China to their meals being covered by the school, yet they have no experience or degree. There’s the person who has been screwed over by so many schools and recruiters, yet for some reason, they still keep looking for jobs and constantly have their guard up with no matter whom they speak to. There’s the person that read all the online forums saying all agents are monsters robbing you of your salary. Which can absolutely be true for some, but luckily not for us, being that you’ll never sign a contract with New Life, only directly with schools we’ve introduced you to.And then, sometimes, on a really, really gorgeous day, when the sun is shining and the birds are chirping, we get that one person that fully understands that salary = experience, qualifications, and city tier. When this person applies on our site, I often can’t control myself and end up putting on my guilty pleasure playlist (it includes INXS), dancing around just moments before our Skype meeting. I sincerely love this person.Unlike most countries that accept foreign English teachers, China is unique in that salaries are based off the tier of the city. They can’t have foreigners coming in and making 12,000RMB a month and working 25 hours weekly while the locals are working 40 hours weekly making 2,000RMB. It’s just not fair. So here, I provide to you a full break down of what salaries will look like throughout China based on experience, city tier, and qualifications.
Having found my new apartment in my new estate to be a step in the wrong direction, it was a stroke of luck that the school decided they didn’t wish to continue my contract.
Having lived in the place for 2 weeks, it’s still got no TV and I’m confined to one room, in which I sit and watch the internet.
Not what the contract says, I’m supposed to be provided with a TV (minimum requirement for dealing with the boredom).
Bai xing jiao ling
The estate is called Bai xing Jiao ling, or common peoples estate, which is exactly right.
The leafy boulevards of Fengnan Road have been replaced by dumped sofas and bags of building waste.
The apartment itself is lightly furnished, with a wicker sofa, a table some chairs, a washing machine, a fridge, (whose door doesn’t close properly), and a TV (which doesn’t work) – all covered by a layer of plaster dust.
It’s closer to school, but further from the shops, places to eat, supermarkets and general activity.
Out in the sticks you might say.
It’s really not what I’m looking for. I want to be close to town, near the bars, shops and communications. Where I can have a good time. I was relieved when they said they were terminating my contract.
This, I think, won’t be without drama.
In the stitch zone
The guy from the agency that employed me on behalf of the school said they would pay me until 28th January + travel bonus.
I’m getting the distinct feeling they’re going to try and sack meand get out of paying this $500 bonus.
Someone asked me whether I was receiving drugsin the post in the teachers office, which I felt was a strange thing to say.
It’s not unusual to receive packages over Christmas. And like the other outlandish comments, I let it fall on stoney ground, (so to speak).
It’s 10 days to go until I’m free of the contract and paid up. I’m getting the feeling this week I’m going to be stitched up… so watch this space…
I’m trying to get one of the teachers to give me a tour of the full campus. At the moment, I’ve only seen the lower school. Most of the pictures are from the middle school, where the sports hall, stadium, sports ground and the rest of facilities are.
No-one has given me a tour yet, although it was promised.
The school seems fine. The teachers are a little shitty. One of the British guys phoned me on Friday to ask me if I “was on medication”, I simply refused to answer.
Today, the foreign teacher coordinator Flora, wouldn’t say hello to me.
So I’ve been made to feel welcome. Maybe I won’t be here too long.
Started at my new school, Taizhou international school, Zhejiang province.
It’s a middle and lower school. Probably about 2,000 pupils.
Have had my first few days.
Here’s some pictures of the apartment.
The school provide it free.
It’s big. Not much in the area. I’m using a bike to get around.
The internet here is painfully slow. Things that in England might take 20 minutes, here take 3 hours.
Just getting your simplest internet done is like the biggest chore.
You may as well read a book or do something else.