The BBC is reporting a new survey that suggests over half of teachers in state schools in England support linking pay to pupils’ progress and results…
The National Foundation for Educational Research polled over 1,000 teachers for the charity Sutton Trust.
Some 55% of primary teachers and 52% of secondary teachers said incremental pay rises should depend at least in part on performance.
But almost half favoured the old system of linking pay to length of service.
From September the government will require schools to link pay progression, for teachers in the first five years of their career, to classroom performance.
Until now, these teachers have had a yearly incremental rise.
The change has contributed to a series of strikes over pay, pensions and workload by the two largest teaching unions…
The survey asked teachers to rate methods of determining performance:
- 60% backed assessment by more senior staff
- 54% wanted to be assessed by the head teacher
- 53% said pay should depend on their current pupils’ progress and results
- 49% of primary teachers and 44% of secondary teachers said pay rises should be linked to length of service
- 37% of teachers said their own self-assessment should be included
- 14% of secondary teachers said pupils’ evaluation of their teachers should also be a factor
A Department for Education spokeswoman said the survey was evidence of “strong support from teachers across England for our plans to let schools pay good teachers more”…
But Christine Blower, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said: “Despite the spin, this research proves again that teachers oppose the government’s new performance-related pay measures…
“Historically movement up the pay scale was linked to seniority and increasing professional skills and competence.
“It is hardly surprising, therefore, that teachers continue to favour the previous system, which is transparently fairer and less open to biased judgements…
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Are you surprised by the results of this poll or do you believe there is a growing acceptance of the principle of performance related pay for teachers? Might this apparent approval of the approach drop once it actually starts to get implemented more and the questions turn more to the practicalities and potential inconsistencies? Please tell us what you think in the comments or via Twitter…