The TES is reporting that former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has suggested paying teachers more to work in poorly-performing areas of the country could help end regional inequality in education.
The ex-Liberal Democrat leader, who is chairing a cross-party commission aimed at addressing inequality in the education system in England and Wales, said that pay incentives could “play a role” in encouraging the best teachers to work in underperforming regions.
At the launch of the new commission, set up by the Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) think-tank, Mr Clegg said: “One challenge that has become clear is how to get high-quality teachers into struggling schools in remote or coastal areas.
“Teach First has had great success bringing talented young teachers into deprived inner-city areas in London, but it is one thing to attract bright people to live in one of the world’s great cities; getting them to move to more remote parts of the country is quite another thing. So we need fresh ideas about how to attract and retain high-quality teachers in these places.”
…Mr Clegg added at the launch that incentives for teachers are “not entirely driven by pay, but pay may well play a role in it”, but he conceded that it was an “incredibly sensitive issue”.
He said: “It may play a role in trying to get some of the brightest teachers, the best teachers into those schools where they are presently not putting themselves forward for employment…”
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It may be a sensitive issue, but with with regional inequality growing is it a potential solution that needs to be taken seriously now?
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