Letter: In Brief

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Sir: Before teachers can be paid in proportion to their pupils' results, thought must be given to the conduct of examinations. Teachers marking coursework which contributes to their pupils' results will have direct control over one indicator of their own pay.

In a politician that would be called conflict of interest. If performance- related pay has the incentive effects claimed, the likely result would be a marked improvement in exam results for which Tony Blair would instantly claim credit.

As a serving university teacher, I of course declare an interest in this letter.

Earl RUSSELL

House of Lords

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