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News - 9 June 2014

Teacher’s poll says link pay to pupils progress

 The National Foundation for Educational Research has polled over 1,000 teachers for the charity Sutton Trust, with 55% of primary teachers and 52% of secondary teachers saying that incremental pay rises should depend at least in part on performance.

 
However, the remainder favoured the old system of of linking pay to length of service.
 
Tonmoy Kumar, Manager of the Accounts Department of ABDS and an active school governor comments:
“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, teachers have had a yearly incremental rise.”
 
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".
 
"From this September schools will be able to reward the most effective teachers who get the best out of their pupils with higher pay," she said.
 
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.
 
Prof Steven Higgins, of Durham University's School of Education, said: "The evidence is not convincing that linking teacher pay to the performance of their pupils is effective in improving learning outcomes, either in the short, medium or long term.
 
Prof Higgins also said research suggested observing lessons is "not a reliable way of identifying teacher effectiveness, so any system which relies only on observation or test scores or even a combination is likely to be flawed".
 
However Richard Murphy, a researcher at the LSE's Centre for the Economics of Education, said evidence suggested "a teacher who is consistently raising the test scores of pupils is much more likely to be a highly effective teacher".
 
If you need any help and advice with Free Schools, Academy Schools or Charities, contact Lavinia Newman or Peter Ham now to discuss how ABDS can help bring their experience to these matters.
 
 
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