The countries that pay their teachers the least

GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 05: Pupils at Williamwood High School attend a biology class on February 5, 2010 in Glasgow, Scotland. As the UK gears up for one of the most hotly contested general elections in recent history it is expected that that the economy, immigration, the NHS and education are likely to form the basis of many of the debates. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

          The British Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) say the continued depression of teachers’ wages will harm the quality of British schooling.

Andreas Schleicher, the head of education at the OECD, said that the UK should “keep teaching attractive”, and that “the quality of education can never exceed the quality of teaching.”

Figures in the new Education at a Glance report show England and Scotland were among only five nations where salaries fell by more than five per cent between 2008 and 2013.

Only Greece and Hungary cut salaries more among OECD nations, which on average saw a slight real-terms rise overall.

A further squeeze on teachers’ pay would make it “difficult to recruit top candidates” according to Mr Schleicher.