Gavin Williamson’s new job is an insult to teachers who use blackboards letters
The government’s past salary offer to teachers is ridiculous (teachers’ unions warn of strikes in England despite reports of improved salary offers, 1 July). What makes it even more insulting is the news that Gavin Williamson, Education Secretary during lockdown, is about to earn £50,000 a year for a part-time second job advising an education firm run by a Tory donor , who himself has donated large sums to the party (report, June 29).
The teachers could not have done more; Williamson could hardly have done less. Orders from the Department of Education routinely came just in time to spoil bank holidays and weekends, laptops for students in digital poverty were being delivered so slowly some were still waiting a year later. God knows there’s enough micromanagement by teachers, so surely there could have been some nudges from suppliers and officials to get resources out in a timely manner.
But it’s not just a lack of recognition for the services teachers have provided to children who piled up their workload with crippling overtime. It’s the impact of decades of pay freezes that have taken some teachers from the heights of the Houghton pay premium in the 1970s to the food banks of 2022.
Ryde, Isle of Wight
By securing a job that pays £625 an hour, Gavin Williamson is a ray of hope for many people struggling to get by in these inflationary times. Maybe he can tell us where this “job” was advertised so we can keep an eye out for other opportunities?