A new survey has revealed widespread confusion over performance related pay and that thousands of schools are failing to put a process in place to judge teachers’ performance.
Schools are expected to introduce guidelines this month in the lead-up to the introduction of performance-related pay next September, The Telegraph reports. But a survey of school governors found that one in five of them said that their school hasn’t yet put a process in place for assessing performance in the classroom and 18% of them couldn’t explain how the system would work. Only 51% of governors agreed that linking salaries to performance is likely to ‘improve students’ attainment’ – down 54% who backed the pay reforms previously.
Individual schools have been given complete freedom to define ‘performance’, although recent government guidance has suggested that wages could be linked to improved exam results, keeping order in the classroom or taking part in extra-curricular activities. Ofsted is being given a specific remit to ensure salaries are tied to teaching standards.
ASCL’s Brian Lightman described the failure of so many schools to implement the reforms as ‘worrying’: “Potentially, that could undermine the whole process,” he said.
Meanwhile, a report from the think-tank Reform has fuelled the debate about performance-related pay. It found that there was very little difference in teachers’ pay across England. This was despite wide variations in the standard of education pupils receive, with teachers in schools rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted being paid little over £600 more than schools with ‘inadequate teaching’. The report said it reinforced the need for performance-related pay despite opposition from teaching unions.
Is your school getting ready for the reforms to teachers’ pay? What are your views about the judgment of your performance influencing your pay packet?