Teachers ‘may accept performance pay’, says think tank

Teachers in England and Wales could be won over to performance-related pay but need reassurance about its fairness and efficiency, a think tank claims. This is from the BBC

…Pollsters YouGov questioned a weighted sample of more than 1,000 teachers in England and Wales.

The main question on performance-related pay received a broadly negative response from teachers, with only 16% saying they would like to work in a school where pay was “more explicitly linked” to their overall performance, 40% saying they would not and 44% that it would make no difference.

However, Policy Exchange claims that answers to other questions may indicate the possibility of a change of heart if teachers could be convinced that performance-related pay would lead to less paperwork.

Some 55% said they would be more likely to want to work in a school with performance-related pay “if it also resulted in a reduction in your administrative, reporting and bureaucratic workload”.

Some 12% said they were less likely to want to work in such a school, while 33% said it would make no difference.

Teachers said they spent an average of more than 48 minutes a week on reporting their own performance, with over half (54%) saying it was the least valuable use of their time.

Some (79%) complained of too much bureaucracy, target-setting and inspection.

Christine Blower, of the NUT, said the survey showed that “a clear majority of teachers are far more concerned about workload than any apparent benefits of performance-related pay.

“According to this survey, only 2% said that it would make them significantly more likely to want to work in a school where pay was more explicitly linked to overall performance…”

Policy Exchange said the poll also suggested that most teachers (60%) were against pay being driven by years of experience in the profession, preferring measures such as students’ progress (66%) and teaching quality (89%).

A third of those polled said they were dissatisfied at having to work with lower-performing colleagues, while more than half (52%) said performance pay would make it easier to dismiss poor teachers…

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What do you make of the figures revealed from this poll? Most teachers seem to be against PRP unless it can de directly linked to a lower admin load. However, most also claim to want pay to be driven by factors such as students’ progress and teaching quality rather than years of experience, which sound like performance measures. Please let us know your views in the comments or via twitter…

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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove PRP is looked at with suspicion due to every other govt policy seemingly punitive as far as teachers are concerned

  2. inwte

    SchoolsImprove Young teachers will be enticed by big rewards. But the targets will get harder which will result in failure. Then? #PRP

  3. fionamariawest

    SchoolsImprove but only “if it also resulted in a reducn in your admin., reporting and bureaucratic workload”-crucial part

  4. SAiston

    SchoolsImprove system that attempts to stop teachers getting paid more cos experienced rather than job they’re doing will have some support

  5. sappg001

    SchoolsImprove And it may lead to severe damage to the education children receive. Children become commodities and will be treated as such

  6. jdlichfield

    sappg001 SchoolsImprove So true! It can be a cruel world to the open and honest! Sometimes being on message is the safest bet

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