World Teachers’ Day, falling on 5th October, aims to shed light teachers’ contribution to society through providing quality education for students on all levels. It draws on the notion that education is essential to every person around the world and we should all have a right to it. This global day encourages countries and their respective teachers’ unions to organise events and conferences to support this cause.
The United Nations is heavily involved in promoting and supporting World Teachers’ Day. British teachers’ unions such as The National Union of Teachers and The National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers are supporting the Education International campaigns, aiming to:
- Secure quality education for all
- Secure the achievement of the 2015 Millennium Development Goals for education
- Secure quality education as part of global action by governments worldwide beyond 2015
With recent attacks on wages and the working conditions of teachers, the work of education professionals is being severely undermined. However, there is hope. Just last month, Scottish teachers secured a pay rise of 1.5 per cent for this year, with a 1 per cent rise the following year. English and Welsh teachers however are still sitting tight, waiting to hear news on their potential 1-2 per cent pay rise.
It is these fluctuating conditions that are likely to be influencing the education jobs market. August statistics show that jobs in the education sector have grown by 41.2 per cent year on year. However, applications are something to be desired. August statistics also reveal that there is a 20.3 per cent deficit for applications per job. With World Teachers’ Day an annual event across the globe promoting the value of quality teaching and the British government supporting the financial demands of education professionals, increased application rates over the next few years look promising.
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