£70,000 p.a. for top teachers?

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?

15 thoughts on “£70,000 p.a. for top teachers?

  1. Sadly, for the few whose schools can afford to pay that much to one person, there will be many other, more lowly, employees (teachers and support assistants) whose pay remains shamefully low. I have observed how the abolition of national pay scales for supply teachers combined with the over-proliferation of supply agencies, has reduced, not only the daily rate in real terms for much of the work offered – which diminishes year by year – but also the opportunity for any supply teacher to be certain that they can maintain a home of their own and still heat it and feed themself. Only those who are intent on stepping on toes to reach the dizzy heights will be attracted by the possible high salaries for a few school heads; those who really want to enter teaching because they have a passion for educating children will think twice about entering a profession where the chances are that they will not be able to support themselves, let alone provide for a family despite working for most of their waking hours.

  2. Education empowers us and makes us more capable, productive, and tolerant citizens in the world. English and other teachers certainly deserve such great rewards. It also increases awareness about the importance of quality education.

  3. What about teachers who do not work in mainstream schools? SEBN/EBD schools (formerly ‘list D’), residential schools, or Special Ed? The achievements and progress made by their students will not be comparable to mainstream students, but these achievements, which may appear small, may, in relation to the student, be huge.

  4. I agree with Ann, even more PRP could be a fantastic opportunity to be paid excellent money for excellent performance which is great and that is what should take place. However every stick has two ends… PRP could be opportunities to lift expectations up to the ridiculous levels and be simply the way to drop teachers wages down. I hope I am wrong but my experience says that I am not.

  5. Seriously? You are actually repeating this story? It is rubbish. Even in London at the top of the pay scale, noone will earn this without a lot of responsibility. I have asked about going above the top of the pay scale while remaining in the classroom, and told quite clearly that it will not happen even for outstanding teachers, so this is propaganda and drivel.

    Might i recommend you remove it?

  6. I find it awful how low the pay is here as well the attitude to teachers in the UK. I have taught in three other countries (Australia, China and Singapore) and they all pay thier teachers much more. They are on the same scales as Doctors and Lawyers! It is also important to note that to get into teachers you must have high results in A Levels. IN Australia you music have English and Math at A Level as well as three other subjects. You must also have an A Average to get in.
    As a teacher when you have done a 4 year Primary Bachelor of Education or Secondary 3 year degree and then grad dip Ed minimum (and now they also expect a further year in honours (not attached to 3 year degree it is a full extra year!) and masters which is also a full extra year, you are able to apply to be a teacher.
    You are held in high esteem in the society and not put down. You are not constantly observed and told you are doing everything wrong. You are also held to account for your students learning through results. There have been teachers sacked for having students fail A Levels.
    But the day to day pressure of observations, learning walks, book monitoring are not any where near as bad. Now I just looked at the latest world rankings and Australia is still above England. So Is NZ and China. So why does everyone here thing they are all bad systems and the only way to increase pay levels is to put teachers under more pressure with more paperwork and threats???????
    It does not work. What will happen is many teachers will leave the profession, you will lose all overseas teachers and you will be left with teachers that are struggling to cope!
    Paying more is only one part of the solution, but it will help to attract more bright enthusiastic people to the profession.

  7. Let’s see the proposal from that so-called think-tank on how to measure a teacher’s performance. It is impossible to devise a fair system of measurement. My fear is, it will be unfair, because those at the top (heads, bullish and ‘cliquy’ teachers) will cream-off the best students and line their pockets with the rewards.

  8. This is rubbish! Where did you get your statistics from? Did you interview just the few Tories you could find or did you just simply make them up? And right next to this article, there is another saying MOST teachers want Gove to experience what is like to be a teacher. Is that because they are sooo happy with these changes to pay?!!

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