'Championing the rights of children'

Teacher pay 'should have performance link'

Garry Thu 25 Jul 2013 07:40

Most people in England think teachers' pay should be linked to their classroom performance, a survey suggests.

Of 1,723 people polled by Populus, 62% said schools should be able to set salaries in line with performance.

From September, coalition government changes will see teachers' pay start to be linked to their performance.

But teacher unions say the plans are really about cutting most teachers' salaries and most parents want schools to follow a national pay system.

Of those surveyed, 43% said the most important factor in deciding teachers' pay should be the quality of their teaching determined by an annual appraisal, while 29% said it should be the quality of their teaching determined by their pupils' exam results.

Smaller proportions said that pay should be based on length of service, the number of professional qualifications a teacher had or to ensure parity with other teachers in the school.

Just over one in four (28%) agreed with the statement: "Two teachers doing the same job in the same school, for the same length of time, should always receive the same salary packet, regardless of the outcome of their annual performance appraisal."

The survey also asked about two teaching unions' planned strike action.

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the NASUWT have announced regional strikes in October, followed by a one-day national walkout later in the term, in an ongoing row over pay, pensions and working conditions.

It follows a strike in the north-west of England in June.

The poll found 29% of those asked supported the unions' plans for industrial action, while 36% were against it.

A further 34% said teachers should be banned from striking because they provided an essential public service, like the police.

Populus strategy director Rick Nye said: "These findings show strong public support for a move away from the automatic annual pay rises of the past towards performance-related pay in schools."

Read more... (BBC News - 24 July)