Teachers could earn up to £70,000 under performance related pay proposals, says report
Salaries could rise to that height within five to eight years, says think tank
Richard Garner has been Education Editor of The Independent for 12 years and writing about the subject for 34 years. Before becoming a journalist, he worked as a disc jockey in London pubs and clubs and for a hospital radio station. His main hobbies are cricket (watching these days) and theatre. On his days off, he is most likelt to be found at Lord’s or the King’s Head Theatre Club.
Thursday 02 January 2014
Classroom teachers could earn up to £70,000 a year under controversial government plans to introduce performance related pay, says a report out on Friday.
The report, from the right of centre Policy Exchange think-tank, says they could rise to that height within five to eight years - thus making the profession more attractive to top graduates.
A poll of teachers conducted for the think-tank by YouGov shows 89 per cent of teachers favour the introduction of performance-related pay - despite the opposition of teachers’ unions.
However, it insists schools should put an effective appraisal system for determining teachers’ pay into place - and not just put the emphasis on their pupils’ test and exam results.
Teachers’ leaders argue the process of allowing individual headteachers to determine pay levels is unfair - and that, with cuts in education budgets, is more likely to result in barring teachers from climbing up the pay scale than paying them extra.
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