Hard Up Teachers Pay for School Supplies Out of Their Own Pocket

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A new survey, posted by Stationery Planet, highlights the harsh realities teacher’s face in the classroom, with the majority of teachers paying for classroom supplies out of their own pocket.

Stationery Planet is committed to doing their part in boosting the moral of teachers throughout the UK.

According to a report published by OECD, British teachers are among the best paid in Europe with the average primary school teacher in England earning £27,832 and Scottish primary school teachers taking home £30,168.

But a recent NASUWT survey showed that 84% of teachers felt demoralised and de-professionalised and that over 50% of teachers had seriously considered leaving the profession in the previous 12 months. According to a nationwide survey conducted by StationeryPlanet.com, a leading online supplier of office supplies:

  • Over 74% of teachers felt they were undervalued
  • 65% of teachers surveyed felt they had no hope of getting onto the property ladder
  • 59% of teachers had made use of controversial short term loan services such as Wonga.com

A problem experienced by over 90% of primary and secondary school teachers was the need to routinely spend money out of their own pockets on stationery supplies for themselves and their students.

“This survey makes one thing abundantly clear: teachers are not only educating students, but through their out-of-pocket purchases, teachers are funding education themselves out of their hard earned salaries. Teachers are this nation’s builders and education is one of the solid foundations on which we build,” said James Peters of Stationery Planet.

Recognising the difficulties teachers face and the fact many teachers pay for office supplies themselves, Stationery Planet has created a discount scheme exclusively for teachers. The scheme allows teachers to get further discounts and loyalty points on already highly discounted stationery supplies.

“Stationery Planet is committed to doing their part in boosting the moral of teachers throughout the UK. We hope this scheme helps teachers keep more of their hard earned money,” said Peters.

About Stationery Planet
Stationery Planet (http://www.stationeryplanet.com) is a leading UK based retailer of office supplies, providing over 20,000 office supplies and stationery items at the lowest guaranteed price. The online office supplies retailer offers hundreds of well known brands at low prices with next day delivery as standard. Visit http://www.stationeryplanet.com for more information or call 0800 599 9045.

References
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/youngest-and-the-best-paid-report-shows-teachers-in-uk-earn-one-of-the-highest-salaries-8673616.html
http://www.learningspy.co.uk/education/why-do-so-many-teachers-leave-teaching/
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/23/survey-many-teachers-repo_n_1822777.html#slide=1416799

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