Better pay for teachers will mean bigger classes

The chief inspector of schools has said that pupils will face larger class sizes as a result of heads being able to award excellent teachers with higher wages.

Ofsted head Sir Michael Wilshaw has warned that headteachers will have to choose between highly-paid quality teachers or continue teaching pupils in small groups, The Independent reports.

From September the Government is ending annual pay rises for teaching staff and allowing heads to introduce their own individual performance-related pay schemes. The move has been resisted by teachers, but the government says it is crucial to reward the best.

Recalling his time as a headteacher, Sir Michael said: “I always said the  to the staff, ‘I want a highly-paid staff, I want to reward those of you who are prepared to commit yourself to the school and do a good job in the classroom. To do that, might mean we have larger classes. You can’t have both. You can’t have small classes – small groups- and a highly-paid staff.’”

NUT’s Christine Blower described the choice between higher pay and bigger classes as ‘invidious’ and added: “It gives the lie to the idea that changes to teachers’ pay are a free chance for heads and governors to pay ‘good teachers’ more. The simple fact is there is no more money in the pot.”

What would you go for – more pay or a larger class? And should you have to choose between them?

8 thoughts on “Better pay for teachers will mean bigger classes

  1. As a supply teacher, our pay has been significantly reduced already. I cannot envisage an agency being told they can pay extra because the class I am going to cover is a larger class and how big are classes going to be? One school I have taught in had a class of 36 children, hardly a small class.
    What happens to the planning for individuals with such big classes?

  2. Mmmm what do parents think? As a parent myself and teacher i know the reality, any super teacher is still human therefore how much paper filling and great teaching is realistic? The truth is that experienced teachers over the age of forty in full time positions don’t really exist, there’s a big reason for this. The govt don’t have children in mind and their service is short lived so they never need to account for their decisions. Children will pay the price more than anyone.

  3. Bigger classes – would teachers still be expected to offer individualised/personalised lesson plans to accommodate the needs of all learners?

  4. How do you measure good teachers to be able to reward them? Is by exam results? I’ve been supply teaching for almost 7 years spending long periods as well as short periods at schools, and what I’ve seen would make any person toes curl and at the same time understand why there are so many students leaving school that cannot read and write basic English…..why? whilst teachers are under pressure to produce good grades they have the means to practically DO the work for their students, especially when it comes to course work subjects…for example one recent school I worked at …. the HOD was re writing all of her pupils evaluation section of their A level course work..she’s been doing this for years and lo and behold she got good results, the Head being pleased ….. she is now Head of Faculty! Whilst this looks good for the school it isn’t good for the economy…many Head are so narrow minded they just care about their “school” and what goes on there good and bad..anything to get results… I went into teaching to teach but all it seems is about getting kids through a narrow minded system of tick lists…..and NQT teachers are being employed with preference over mature, experienced teachers, and hence they have NO common sense and are easily manipulated by senior management ….again not good the economy..no wonder this country has to employ so many people from outside the UK for key jobs! UK children are not given the education/teachers they deserve……

  5. As a primary teacher, I wonder how having a bigger class with a particular teacher in one year, then translates to the following year? Does the class get split, as the next teacher is ‘not so good’/’not so highly paid’? Does the teacher being paid extra continue teaching the same large class throughout their primary education?
    A teacher with extra pay and extra children is still limited to 24 hours in a day. Personally, keep that extra money, I am already fighting to keep my work-life balance.

  6. Mmm bigger classes, no TA’s I’m intrigued as to where the kids feature in all this!

  7. The whole thing is a complete mess! Very sad the way teachers have no human rights in this country and now the pupils won’t have any either. Gove does not care, the government do not care, they just want high paid jobs when they leave government. They went into government for status reasons, line their own pockets, get great jobs when they leave, and put all their money they receive in their off shore accounts! The money they should be paying for these services are in their pockets, in their off shore tax havens. Wake up everybody! We have to go without whilst this top 10% line their pockets, the govenment is not in it because they care, they are in it for themselves only, greedy, selfish, and immoral people. They were not electecd but got in through the back door. They will have huge pensions, we will have none at this rate. Wake up people!

  8. In our country,when you work in the government the most least students and pupils per class and per teacher is 50.. if the school have special program like sped our most least class is 40.(mainsteamed class with 5 special kids ) thats how loaded we are..
    The government’s starting rate is P18,300. plus only(T1).. we can earn more if you stay longer in the service and if your promoted on the next level.like from T1 -T2 ,T3 MT1 MT2 this means a lot of trainings and you really have to work for it.Your performance must be outstanding enough for you to be promoted..MT2 is equivalent to principal 2 rating..(they are earning not less than P30k.)
    Teachers are teachers…we should really be a teacher by heart..The only encouragement we have daily is to see our pupils really craving for knowledge.Their eagerness to learn.
    As a teacher its really our joy to see our children being successful someday..
    Regardless how big or how small the number of pupils inside our classroom..
    The only question is that are we really teaching well ? Do we really give our BEST when we teach the children? (without somebody looking us..)Does our pupils/students really learned from us..Teachers? If your answer is a big YES (honestly)..
    Then you really deserve something!

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