‘Unreliable’ Sats data used to deny teachers pay rises

The TES is reporting that unions have claimed that primary heads are treating staff with contempt. 

Schools have been using last summer’s widely criticised “unreliable” Sats results to trigger formal disciplinary proceedings against teachers and deny them pay rises, TES has learned.

Ofsted and the Department for Education have both acknowledged concerns over the results and pledged not to use them in isolation to judge schools. The figures were branded “unreliable and meaningless” by the NAHT headteachers’ union.

But some primary heads are prepared to use these results to judge their own teachers for performance-related pay and capability proceedings, according to teaching unions. They say the practice has occurred in schools across the country.

ATL general secretary Mary Bousted said she was aware of a number of such cases, but insisted the 2016 results were “not valid metrics to judge someone’s performance”.

A DfE spokesperson said pay was a matter for schools, but added: “In setting pay, schools should assess teachers against a range of variables, not just exam results.”

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