On the eve of this week’s regional strikes, a think tank claimed that teachers would be prepared to accept performance related pay if it would lead to less paperwork.
Teachers responded negatively to the main question on performance related pay, with only 16% saying they would like to work in a school where pay was ‘more explicitly linked’ to their overall performance, 40% saying they would not, and 44% that it would make no difference.
However, the think tank claimed that other answers in the survey indicated that teachers could change their mind if performance pay would lead to jess paperwork, with 55% saying they would be more likely to work in a school with performance pay ‘if it also resulted in a reduction in your administrative, reporting and bureaucratic workload.’ Jonathan Simons from Policy Exchange claimed the poll suggested “that teachers could easily be won round to the idea of performance related pay but more needs to be done to explain how the system would work”.
The NUT’s Christine Blower said the survey demonstrated that “a clear majority of teachers are far more concerned about workload than any apparent benefits of performance related pay”.
According to Policy Exchange, the poll also suggested that 60% of teachers were against pay depending on length of experience in the profession, with 66% preferring students’ progress and 89% preferring teaching quality. A third said they were dissatisfied with having to work with lower-performing colleagues and 52% said that performance related pay would make it easier to dismiss poor teachers.
Would you be prepared to accept performance related pay if it meant less paperwork?