A Snapshot Taken at Bayswater Underground Station, London

posted by Jürgen Kurtz, Karlsruhe University of Education, Germany

On my way back to Germany last Sunday I took this photo of a poster I saw at Bayswater Underground Station in London:

I apologize for the poor quality of the snapshot. My train was coming and I didn’t want to miss it.

Issued by the TDA (“The Training and Development Agency for Schools is the national agency and recognised sector body responsible for the training and development of the school workforce”), the poster is part of an ongoing UK initiative to recruit teachers (not only foreign language teachers). – I haven’t seen anything like this in Germany, that’s why I put it online.

Following the link provided on the poster, I found this piece of information especially interesting and captivating:

“First class career with second class perceptions — Public rates teaching one of the worst professions for career progression, yet eight out of ten teachers see opportunities as some of the best in the UK.

Despite a sharp increase in the numbers of people entering the profession, teaching is still under-rated by the general public and final year students. New research by the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) […] shows that both groups under-estimate the salaries that teachers actually earn and the opportunities they have for career progression. The research is being published to launch a major recruitment drive in the run-up to three national Train to Teach recruitment events across the country. […] When the general public was asked to rank professions by opportunities for career progression, teaching came towards the bottom (beating only journalism and careers in human resources). Two-thirds (66 per cent) of graduates interviewed thought teaching offered slow career progression and limited chances of promotion. Nothing could be further from the truth. [click here to read more].”

Money makes the world go round, but on the poster I also read that teaching is more than just a profession (i.e. a way to earn money). I couldn’t agree more, what do you think of all this?


3 responses to “A Snapshot Taken at Bayswater Underground Station, London

  1. Pingback: A Snapshot Taken at Bayswater Underground Station, London … job unversity

  2. I agree. I think for many people who want to become teachers, the question of making their career is irrelevant. They just like everything that the phrase ‘more than a profession’ implies: their work with children or teenagers that can be exhausting but is also rewarding, the joy of passing knowledge – factual knowledge as well as world knowledge – on to ‘the next generation’, the feeling of playing a (decisive) role in people’s lives both as a teacher and as a person, being able ‘to make a difference’, … (idealistically spoken). I think that’s why many people chose or choose this profession in the first place.

  3. I think in England and Germany the actual salaries are good. Obviously as a good scientist one could earn more in the economy, but as a teacher the payment is still good. Hence, the actual wish to become a teacher is not negated by a wish for a good income.
    I believe however, that the salaries are much less in the USA (?). Even the initiative “Teach for America,” which is similarly to England trying to get young students interested in teaching, cannot help change that fact.

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