Staying power and an ability to quickly progress into leadership positions is helping to put Marjon Education graduates in pole position in the South West when it comes to earnings.
New data released by the Department of Education, which looks at data up to five years after graduation, has shown that teachers graduating from Plymouth Marjon University’s Education programmes are the top earners in the South West and Wales.
On average, Marjon Education graduates earned £26,400 five years after graduating, compared to their closest university competitors of £24,600 for graduates from University of Exeter and the University of Gloucestershire. Lowest average salaries for graduate teachers in the South West five years after graduation came from the University of Bath and Bath Spa University.
Encouraging students to set career goals from day one, and on-going personal support from the Education team throughout their careers, are the key factors helping to boost earnings, according to Dr Gillian Golder who heads up teacher education at Marjon.
“Around a 1/3 of teachers leave teaching in the first five years. We make sure our teachers are well prepared for the rigours of teaching and have the resilience to stay in the profession they have trained for and to progress well. This in turn impacts on their earnings.
“We also make sure we’re there for them at every stage of their career, supporting and helping them fulfil their true potential. We’re a close knit team…it’s all about being available, being human and taking the fear factor out of teaching.”
Marjon education students will now also be able to access the latest thinking on early career support from educational researcher, Professor Tanya Ovenden-Hope, who has recently joined the Education team. A recent pilot scheme which put her research into practice saw every student she worked with staying in the profession and achieving a leadership position.
Marjon offers four undergraduate teaching training courses; these are BEd Primary Education, BEd Primary Education - Early Years, BEd Primary Education - Physical Education and BEd Physical Education - Secondary Education. Our postgraduate teaching courses include PGCE and School Direct.