All schools to get freedom to pay good teachers more
An independent review body has called on the Government to link teachers’ pay more closely to their performance.
The School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB), which makes recommendations to Government on teachers’ pay reforms, is calling for greater freedom for schools to set teachers’ pay.
In its report published today (Wednesday) it recommends a simpler, more flexible national pay framework for teachers. Taking on board international evidence and views from Government, employers, and teacher and head teacher unions, it proposes:
- ending pay increases based on length of service – currently virtually all full time classroom teachers on the main pay scale automatically progress to the next pay point;
- linking all teachers’ pay progression to performance, based on annual appraisals – already the case for some teachers who are on a higher pay scale;
- abolishing mandatory pay points within the pay scales for classroom teachers to give schools greater freedom on how much teachers are paid. They would remain in place for reference only in the main pay scale to guide career expectations for new teachers entering the profession; and
- retaining the higher pay bands for London and fringe areas.
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