Teachers say pay should tie in with performance

The Sutton Trust survey of nearly 1700 teachers found that most of them agreed that increases in pay should be linked to performance and that a range of methods are suitable for assessing their performance. However, the vast majority felt that this should be done by senior staff in their school.

Just over half the teachers in the survey feel that they should be awarded salary scale points annually, unless they’ve performed poorly. 23% said that scale points should only be awarded to teachers who performed well; almost 40% of senior leaders were in favour of this.

Other findings are that for one in five teachers their top cause of dissatisfaction was constant changes in education policy, closely followed by bureaucracy and paperwork, and the pressure of assessment targets and inspections.  67% of teachers aren’t in favour of schools becoming Academies and most also disagree with the Government’s policy over Free Schools.

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