The introduction of performance-related pay could result in huge pay rises, according to the think-tank Policy Exchange.
The influential think-tank’s report says that teachers in English schools could earn up to £70,000 per year with performance-related pay, The Independent reports. It claims that this would make teaching a more attractive career for graduates, create a stronger culture of professional development amongst teachers and incentivise them to improve the quality of their teaching.
The report warned that the system must be fair, transparent and feature an appraisal system based on several measures, not not just test or exam results. Increases in pay should be paid through teachers’ salaries, not bonuses.
A YouGov poll of teachers for the think-tank showed that 89% agree with the introduction of performance-related pay, despite teaching unions opposing it. A new a NUT survey found that 81% of respondents thought that it would not improve outcomes for students.
The teaching unions dispute the report’s conclusions: “Measuring teachers’ individual contributions is next to impossible,” the NUT’s deputy general secretary Kevin Courtney said. “Teaching is based on teamwork and every teacher contributes in some way to a student’s development.”
What do you think of the report’s findings? Would performance-related pay result in soaring salaries for teachers and improve teaching?