Labour vows to continue with performance-related pay for teachers

The TES is reporting that Labour has vowed to continue the policy of linking teachers’ pay to performance should it form the next government…

As of this month, every school is expected to tie any increases in teachers’ pay to their performance in the classroom, a move that has been widely condemned by classroom unions.

But any hopes that a future Labour government will abolish the policy are likely to be dashed after the shadow schools minister Kevin Brennan said that although the current system was damaging the profession, his party would not dismiss the pay method out of hand.

Speaking at a joint NUT and Association of Teachers and Lecturers fringe meeting at the Labour Party conference in Manchester, Mr Brennan said that schools had always used performance-related pay in schools.

“There’s always been an element of performance-related pay, there’s nothing new about it and one of the great dilemmas was always how do we reward great teachers and keep them in the classroom rather than them going into management,” he said. “So I wouldn’t say ‘Performance-related pay: no, under any circumstances.’

“But if you get a system that is demotivating for teachers not just as a profession but as individuals – where you have to collaborate and work together – if that is the outcome of a system of performance-related pay then obviously that is not a benefit to the education system overall.”

Mr Brennan said he understood the “dangers” of the current system and that too many classroom teachers were being left demoralised by it. But he added: “I am not going to say that I will not under any circumstances rule out trying to reward teachers for the performance in their classroom.”…

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Comments

  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove The reason it’s demotivating is so few staff will receive a pay rise due to lack of money rather than “poor” performance

  2. Busy Mum

    I’ll say it again – nobody should accept performance -related pay until Tony Blair gets it for his middle east peace envoy role. The money he would have to return to the treasury would enable all teachers to get a rise.

  3. IanMoules

    SchoolsImprove I think the position is more nuanced than your headline suggests. Keep good teachers in classroom – UPS increases perhaps?

  4. Suparl

    SchoolsImprove Performance Related pay 4 teachers? Well, then as HoD, I’m keeping all the bright kids, & dishing the rest out to colleagues

  5. Suparl

    SchoolsImprove Performance relatedPay 4 teachers,Labour slavishly following Tories! Superimposing business model on schools?Labour,New Tory

  6. ddubdrahcir

    SchoolsImprove The difference between Labour and Conservative seems only to be a slight variation in their shades of repulsiveness.

  7. StephenG41HR

    SchoolsImprove Far too much hype around this subject. Heads and Governors will be held to account for their decisions. Common interest here

  8. VictoriaJaquiss

    SchoolsImprove Well, if I had been Labour, I would have searching for the teachers’ vote! Performance-related pay – not an exact science

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