I'm in that teaching union and voted not to strike only because I feel this year 11 have had schooling tougher than any year due to COVID and as a maths teacher maybe if we can keep school open some y11 kids can come in for maths. I also don't want a pay rise over 5% if it has to come from existing school funds as schools are starting to not replace non teaching staff now due to budgets, and that can't be good for a school.
If there's more strikes after exam kids leave I'd probably strike to be honest.
I'm at a good state school, desirable to teach at. As a maths teacher I now teach some computing as we can't get recruit a computing teacher to replace those that have left post COVID to the private sector to work from home for much better pay. This means other subject teachers now teach my y8/9 maths groups as there is also a shortage of qualified maths teachers. Just 300/400 people are training to teach computing in the whole country this year! Secondary school teaching is no longer desirable to graduates with pay down 20% ish in real terms over the last decade.
How will this country achieve growth if kids aren't taught maths and computing by well qualified teachers. Isn't this was Sunak said was key just the other week.