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?